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Artell High Praise For 'Terrific' Ainley

10 February 2020

Club News

Artell High Praise For 'Terrific' Ainley

10 February 2020

Gaffer admits that is always a tough call naming his starting XI and subs when team is on top form.

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell has once again praised the ‘terrific contribution’ made by substitute Callum Ainley against Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

Following on from his late equaliser away at Macclesfield, Ainley sprung off the bench against the Latics for Oli Finney and helped create the late winner from Charlie Kirk.

Artell was full of praise for Ainley’s impact and hailed him after he chased down the re-start following Kirk’s dramatic solo goal.

Ainley made his opponent chop back to set himself to launch the ball forward and after chasing him down, Crewe actually set themselves for a promising counter-attack before the referee blew for full time.

Artell told the club’s official website: “Callum was terrific when he came on and he has been terrific. He has been when he has come on a substitute and he has when he has started games.

“He has been unfortunate not to have played more games. There are a few of them in the same boat, your Finney and James Jones. I feel sorry for them all because they all deserve to have played more.

"None of them have moaned. They have got on with it and been patient.

“If they had been at any other League Two side then they would probably have played more minutes and it is a tough call every week naming the team.

“So when they do well out on the pitch then you have a bit of a glow about it. Oli and Jonah have scored in successive weeks and you cannot underestimate the impact Callum made for the winning goal on Saturday.

“It was a fantastic finish from Charlie but the timing of Callum’s pass into him took Missilou out the equation and Charlie did the rest.

David added: “Callum got us up the pitch with his passing and his runs through their midfield. That is what you want to see, a substitute having a real strong impact like that.”

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