Max Clayton says mini-break has done him good
Max Clayton is hoping that his recent cameo appearance against Bradford City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy will propel him back into Steve Davis’ starting XI. The young striker sprung from the substitutes’ bench to head Crewe into a 2-1 lead, as the Railwaymen progressed to the Northern Final to play Coventry with a rather flattering 4-1 win.
With Lauri Dalla Valle and Chuks Aneke returning to their parent clubs, Clayton is now hoping that his chance has arrived to become a regular in Steve Davis’ side.
Max told Crewe Alex Player: “You can learn when you are not in the team, you don't have to take it as a negative.
“From watching and thinking about what you have to do I think I’ve gained a lot. It will help me in the long-term. The break has got me mentally right. The coaches kept me going and having a good family at home is important too.
“I never felt pressure from fans, they have always wanted me to do well and at Crewe they know it takes time for a young player. I do put pressure onto myself. Perhaps that is something I need to step back from. Goals are important but performances are too.
“It has been a good transition from League Two to League One and hopefully we can still push on. Everyone is more athletic and quicker.
He added: “We won’t take Bournemouth lightly but we will be going their full of confidence. I think it is going to be a real football game and that suits us. Three points would be brilliant.”