David Artell has praised the professionalism of Michael Raynes after he turned to the defender in the later stages of our 3-2 win over Newport County on Saturday. Raynes was called into action for the last few minutes of stoppage time as the Welsh side went in search of an equaliser by loading our box with crosses and high balls.
Raynes who replaced our late goalscorer, Callum Ainley, won his fair share of headers and helped Crewe get over the line to claim all three points.
Although, Raynes’ involvement was only brief, Artell praised his attitude to the work despite being limited to just six appearances this season. Raynes has fallen down the pecking order at centre-half but he is always ready when called upon.
Artell told crewealex.net: “Michael was probably a bit miffed when we put Ryan Wintle at centre-half when Nicky Hunt was injured but we needed a goal. I just thought that is was a bolder move to put Oli (Finney) on and leave Ryan on.
“Newport also had two runners and they were mobile, so that is the reasoning behind the decision and I will speak to Michael about it - but when we went ahead, I knew he would help us see the game out.
“I think he won eight out nine headers and he never lets us down. He is a great pro. He does what he is paid to do and even though he hasn’t played as much as he would have liked, he is still there and ready.
“He is a credit to himself as a professional footballer.”