Crewe Alexandra keeper Steve Phillips has warned the youngsters not to let the pressure of the derby match against Port Vale faze them.

The Alex face their local rivals at the Alexandra Stadium on Saturday, and a win could mean they go above the Valiants in Npower League Two.

“We’ve got a couple of young lads who are going to have to deal with the expectations of a derby match,” Phillips said.

“There will be an edge to the game and certainly a bigger atmosphere because Vale will bring a good following.

“The best advice is to try to enjoy themselves as they’re great games to play in.”


There is expected to be a crowd of 6,000 making their way to the Alexandra Stadium – nearly double Crewe’s average gate.

Alex boss Dario Gradi added: “The players will have to cope with the atmosphere, particularly the younger ones.

“I will be talking to them about their mental attitude, although I’m not going to be doing anything different.

“I know what the game means to our fans, but there are still only three points at stake.”

19-year-old Harry Davis, and Carl Martin, who has only managed six appearances for Crewe since making the move from lower league Wealdstone, are both expected to feature in the match and have been warned there will be added pressure because of the occasion.

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