David Artell says that his players would have learnt a great deal from the struggles of the season.
Crewe have won just six league games so far and will have to get close to that same amount in the final month, if we are to escape relegation to League Two, but the Alex boss says that whatever happens before that final game at Lincoln City, their development will be enhanced due to the experience.
The Alex boss has bloodied a number of the youth team during the campaign and although results have not been forthcoming, he says facing bigger clubs and better players will only help them moving forward.
He told us: “You always learn a lot. You learn more about your players when things are not going well. When its going well, you tend to just flow into the next day, into the nex training session and onto the next game. When it isn’t you are constantly thinking, asking questions and trying to find solutions.
“It has been tough but some of the younger players have grasped those opportunities. Maybe they wouldn’t have played as much as they have at this stage if we were going well and not suffered so many injuries, but those chances have presented themselves and they have taken them.
“It will put them in good stead. They would have benefitted from the experience and will understand the level and what is required. They have performed well and it will only help their development, so one day they could go on and join a Cardiff or a Blackburn like those before them.
“They will know more about what is required to one day make that next step up.”