PLAYER RATINGS: Crewe 1 Fleetwood 1 (Fleetwood win 4-3 on pens)

The Gazette's Fleetwood Town reporter Rosie Swarbrick analyses the performances of the players from the historic League Cup win at Crewe.

Wednesday, 15th August 2018, 12:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th August 2018, 3:46 pm
Star man Jason Holt celebrates his goal with Conor McAleny

Jason Holt came off the bench to cancel out Ryan Wintle's 32nd minute strike and after the tie finished 1-1 Town beat the League Two side 4-3 on penalties.

Keeper Alex Cairns and Ash Hunter were the shoot-out heroes but they could not pip game-changer Holt to the star man accolade.

Here are Swarbrick's marks out of 10 from the game

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Alex Cairns - 7.5

What a save. That penalty stop from Perry Ng worthy of winning any shoot-out.

Lewie Coyle - 7

Nice to see him using his left foot, especially when getting crosses in, that shows the character of the player, always willing to learn.

Tommy Spurr - 5.5

Given a player of his calibre and experience really should be doing better for the Crewe goal.

Cian Bolger - 5.5

As with Spurr, he should have been more switched on to avoid the Crewe goal.

Gethin Jones - 7

Built on his start against Oxford with another solid performance. That right-back spot his shirt to lose now.

Nathan Sheron - 6

Good communication, linking the defence, midfield and attack. Some sublime passes and some good blocks in a really good start. But will serve as a big learning curve, that late challenge on Jones and subsequent yellow card the reason he came off at half-time.

Harrison Biggins - 7

Quiet in the first half, but moved deeper and impressed more in the second 45. Will be gutted to miss a penalty but should keep his head held high.

Jack Sowerby - 6.5

A really strong start on the right of that midfield three but faded as an attacking force.

Wes Burns - 6.5

Really should have hit the target having been sent through by Sheron but lots of energy and is getting in the positions.

Paddy Madden - 7

He really took the bull by the horns early doors. But should have scored.

Conor McAleny - 7

A great reaction to being an unused sub at Oxford. So unlucky when he hit the post. But should have ended his night with a goal.

Subs:

Holt on for Sheron, 46 - 8

Scored the leveller and made a real difference to the side. Brought calmness and controlled the game. Should have had a second. Man of the match and got Town back in it.

Hunter on for McAleny, 70 - 7

Was that penalty ever in doubt? Coolness personified.

Long on for Burns, 83 - 6

Easing his way back from a blister, not enough time to make an impact but scored his penalty