Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell was delighted with his side’s resilience in making sure we bounced back from Saturday’s hugely disappointing 3-2 defeat to Forest Green Rovers at the weekend.
Perry Ng hit a wonderful goal with five minutes to go and although Crewe had to ride their luck at times in the first half with Ellison twice hitting the woodwork, we deservedly held out to win for the first time away from home since August - ending a run of eight consecutive away defeats.
Following the 1-0 win, Artell told the club’s official website: “It wasn’t a football match in real terms but it was two teams giving it a real go. We were resolute, worked hard and to a man they were terrific. They ran their hearts out all of them, ran about and made those tackles and you cannot ask any more from them. They deserve the clean-sheet and the three points.
“It was a wonder strike from Perry. He has really hit it and it has flown in. He can play in there. He has played there in the Academy before as a holding midfield player and I just wanted to add some more legs in there because Callum sometimes finds it hard to play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday.
“Callum came on and was probably the best player on the pitch. He had a real impact on the game and was involved in the goal. That is what you want your subs to do but they were all at it tonight.
“That is what you get when you work your socks off and are prepared to stand up and be counted. It’s a man game and the likes of Sam Stubbs have come in and shown what we can do. We brought him in because he is prepared to get his head on things.
“It is a massive result for us and I didn’t know it was eight away games without a win. I didn’t know that but its three points and another game. Now we have to go again on Saturday against a very good Luton side but a result like this can just be the start of a run. That is what our aim has to be.”