Crewe boss Dario Gradi can see signs of progress following his side's 2-0 victory over Accrington.
The Railwaymen lost their first four games and conceded nine goals in the process but have now picked up and have lost just one in five. Ajay Leitch-Smith scored the opener after 11 minutes with Byron Moore scoring the second three minutes later.
"I think we are progressing defensively," said Gradi. "Some of our passing was woeful as we seemed almost frightened to attack in the second half but Rome wasn't built in a day."
He added: "Ajay's was a great goal. He`s got that as he is a good striker of the ball, is good at adjusting his body, he has got tricks and if he was quick he would be devastating. He is getting a run of games now. Byron's was also a clinical finish and if he could add more goals to his game he would be a terrific player.
"But I was also pleased with our defending. Accrington were lively in the first half which we expected and then they launched a lot of balls into the box after the break but there was nothing really for us to worry about.
"We needed a third to seal it, it didn't come, but we did match them and they are no mugs. Our defence was excellent with heading and clearing and we won the game with that, clinical finishing and team spirit."
Stanley boss John Coleman kept his players locked in the dressing room for around 90 minutes after the final whistle.
"We had enough chances to win the game and we haven't. All credit to Crewe they showed good economy but our keeper hasn't had a save to make and we still lost 2-0," he said.
"Our spirit and appetite deserted us the longer the game wore on and the last 20 minutes were as frustrated as I have been in a long time. We ran out of steam dramatically.
"No disrespect to Crewe but we should be beating the likes of Crewe at home, we gave the ball away cheaply and we were wasteful and it's not acceptable. We've spent the time analysing our performance and there have been some harsh words said in the dressing room."
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