Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell said that trusted youngster Rio Adebisi looked assured after being thrust into action against Blackpool following a hamstring injury to Donervon Daniels just after the half an hour mark.
Adebisi had to slip in to an unfamiliar role on the right hand side rather than his more natural left - but the 20-year-old settled into the role extremely well and even played a major part in Stephen Walker’s late equaliser.
It was Adebisi’s accurate ball over the top that released the on-loan Boro youngster to score an equaliser with four minutes plus stoppage time remaining.
It was only Rio’s 11th senior appearance for the club and only his fourth in League One.
The Crewe boss told the club’s official website: “Rio was fine and didn’t look out of place. I think they got in behind him once when we didn’t have that much cover in front of him but apart from that I cannot remember too many times when he was exposed.
“He was assured in possession and there was never a time in the game when I thought I had to keep an extra eye on him. He settled into the game well and it was a good performance from him.
“He had warranted the place on the bench because of the way he has trained over the last three weeks. I said to him the other week, ‘you keep going’ because you could see that his application was good.
He added: “He deserved to be in the squad and he was reliable when he came on, so credit to him.”