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Artell:"Important We Stick With Our Own When They Are Having A Tough Time"

20 November 2018

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell is hoping that Callum Ainley’s two goals and assist for Charlie Kirk’s goal against Tranmere Rovers will be the catalyst for him to recapture his top form.

Ainley was understandably the sponsors’ choice for their Man-of-the-Match after inspiring Crewe to a first win in five games against Micky Mellon’s high-flying side at the weekend.

Ainley’s goals were the first of the season and his first since late January and Artell says that the staff will continue to work with the talented youngster.

David told “I hope Callum scores two every game between now and May. I’ve said to him before that you’ve got to stick with him.

"He’s a good player, you’ve got to keep working with him and eventually it’ll come because he’s a good player.

"Form can go in and out and he can find it tough at times, but he’s still a young boy.

"Yes, he’s played 100-odd games, but he’s still a young boy and you’ve got to remember that.

"He was probably ready for the first team 12 months ago, but he’s been playing for two years before that and you’ve got to understand that’s because of what we do and how we do it.

The boss added: "But we know what a good player Callum is and can be. There’s no getting around that and he deserves all the plaudits that have come his way following his performance against Tranmere.”

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