Boss challenges his fringe players to step forward and put pressure on those in possession of the shirts.
Steve Davis says his starting XI deserved to keep their places against Coventry City at the weekend but he admits that the door is open for others to grab their chance.
The Crewe Alexandra manager kept faith with his players following a terrific second half performance against Shrewsbury Town but a succession of individual errors against a clinical Sky Blues saw the Alex 4-0 down at the interval and playing for pride.
Steve says he will use the two-week gap in fixtures to assess his players and he will be disappointed that today’s Under-21 fixture at Barnsley was called off due to the adverse weather conditions in Yorkshire.
Steve told the club’s official web-site: “We will look at everything and assess those players that are not in the team at the moment. We will have a look to see how they are performing in training and in the Under-21s. If they do well and perform then the chance could be there for them.
“I felt that apart from one or two that was our best team against Coventry. I know that if that team can play to their potential and not produce those mistakes, then they can beat anyone at this level on their day.
“I thought they played well against Shrewsbury and deserved to start the game. They were terrific in the second half against Shrewsbury and didn’t deserve what happened to them right at the end of the game.
“I thought they would do a lot better than they did against Coventry. They have trained well all week and worked hard, so I was surprised with what happened.
He added: “I would have liked a game on Saturday but the break will give us time to think and regroup. This group is a strong group and we will stick together and work as hard as ever.”