Crainey is becoming secret weapon

Blackpool's Stephen Crainey

Blackpool's Stephen Crainey

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NEAL Eardley has saluted fellow full-back Stephen Crainey for suddenly becoming a secret scoring weapon.

Prior to this season, Crainey’s record goalscoring haul for a campaign stood at … one. But the 30-year-old entered nosebleed territory after notching a third of the season against Burnley. For Crainey, it is the perfect response to being left out recently, when Bob Harris stepped in at left-back.

And though Harris did absolutely nothing wrong – and can now consider himself unlucky to be out of the team again – there is no doubting the recalled Crainey is determined to keep his place.

Eardley, who is celebrating himself after nailing down the right-back spot in recent weeks, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Crains and it was another good finish.

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“The keeper (Lee Grant) should probably have done better with it but you take them all day long.

“Crains has shown a good attitude because Bob Harris came in and did well. All you can do in that situation is get your head down and work hard on the training pitch. That is what he has done.

“He has managed to get himself back in the side and get on the scoresheet. “But as Crains would tell you himself, the most important thing is a good team performance and another three points to get us in the play-offs.”

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