David Artell revealed that the Crewe Alexandra dressing room took time out to applaud their captain, Harry Pickering, after his goal line clearance at 1-0 up somehow denied Wimbledon’s Steve Seddon a certain earlier equaliser. The left-back covered his goalkeeper and his outstretched leg in the 84th minute somehow deflected his goal bound effort over for a corner.
The stand-in captain prevented a certain goal and Crewe went on to win all three points thanks to Oli Finney’s stoppage time winner at Plough Lane.
The Crewe boss told us: “It was an unbelievable clearance from Pixie and it helped us win the game. It was as good as a goal.
“After the game I always ask the players if they have anything to say and I went around the dressing room and right at the end, Luke Murphy just went ‘what a clearance that was from Pixie’ and the rest of the lads gave him a round of applause. They knew how it important it was.
The boss added: “It was just as important as Oli Finney’s winner and the lads knew it. It was a terrific piece of defending from him.”