Crewe boss heaps praise on Cooper

Crewe manager Dave Artell says he was impressed by the performance of George Cooper in their League Cup defeat to Bolton.

Manager Dave Artell says he is pleased with how he reacted when he got abuse from the Bolton fans during Wednesday's defeat in the League Cup.

Dave said: "I'm not sure 12 months ago, or even 6 months ago he would have acted the way he did.

"He showed great maturity.

"He wasn't letting the crowd affect him, and he was using them as a real positive influence on his performance.

"I am pretty certain he will play at a higher level one day, whether that is in the near future or the distance future, but I'm sure he will play in front of crowds that will give him some stick and he's got to react like he did on Wednesday night because he was terrific."

The Alex are now looking to bounce back from their exit from the League Cup with a win over Newport County this afternoon.

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