David Artell was delighted with the desire of his youngster Callum Ainley to run in behind the Rotherham defence in the last minute to win us the cup-tie at the weekend.
Ainley, 20, scored his second goal of the season when running on to Chris Porter’s superb through ball and then he had the determination and awareness to lift it over the goalkeeper and then, whilst grounded, make a positive connection to take it over the line.
The Crewe boss was thrilled with Ainley’s late contribution that sees us in the hat for round two for the first time in five seasons.
Artell told crewealex.net: “Callum had that mindset to keep going and get in behind. It was a great run and a great ball from Ports to find him.
“Callum took it extremely well. It is an ever better finish than you thing. He did terrifically well. He has shown great skill to take it over the goalkeeper and then the awareness to make sure it got over the line. It really was a terrific goal all round.
“He was brave with the challenge with the goalkeeper and he then showed great ability to find the net when under pressure from their defenders.
He added: “Callum is maturing nicely and he knows he has to add goals and assists to his game. He is lasting the games better but we want more from him because we know what talent he has. We are always looking for more but it isn’t just from him. The centre-halves could score more, the full-backs and central midfielders can chip in with a few as well. “