Dario Gradi praised Max Clayton after his goal earned Crewe a 1-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Gradi praised youngster Max Clayton's finishing ability after his goal earned them a 1-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Teenager Clayton, who was a target for Liverpool when still in Crewe's youth ranks, struck in the 75th minute to settle a hard-fought tie and secure Alex a place in Saturday's area quarter-final draw.
Gradi said: "Max Clayton will do better than that and he will probably be disappointed with his performance.
"He sets his expectations higher than that but he got a great goal with a header and proved he is a great finisher. He took his goal very well.
"He hasn't played a lot at this level and probably needs to convince himself he can do that.
"But he has got a first goal out of the way and even if he had wasted every pass and missed good chances I would be happy because he has got his goal."