Phillips: Cherish every moment

Phillips: Experienced keeper

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Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips has urged the club's younger players to cherish every moment of the League Two play-off final.

The 34-year-old has appeared at both the old and the new Wembley Stadium as well as Cardiff's Millennium Stadium during his 15-year career and not only appreciates the magic of such occasions, but is aware that for some players they come around only once.

He told the club's official website: "The young lads need to remember every moment from the trip to Wembley and all that comes with it because it will last as long as their lives. They need to cherish it."

The Railwaymen booked their place at Wembley by seeing off Southend in the semi-finals with a second-leg performance that Phillips believes revealed a new-found resilience within the side.

He added: "Southend had a right go at us in the second leg and it shows what character and good players we have got here. Everyone would have expected the old Crewe to have collapsed under pressure but we defended well and we have real resilience now.

"The old heads like Lee Bell and David Artell came back into the team at Southend and put in huge performances. That is what we have: we have pure grit and determination."