The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Ben­nett

JON Guthrie has an almighty fight on his hands if he is to re­gain a place in the Crewe first team, with com­pe­ti­tion in the back four fierce.

A her­nia in­jury has kept the 24-year-old de­fender on the side­lines since Fe­bru­ary and Crewe have en­joyed a hot streak – claim­ing four wins from five games in March.

Four clean sheets in that run has left man­ager David Artell im­pressed, and Guthrie is far from as­sured of his place in the team as the Alex near sur­vival.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is good and that is what I wanted to cre­ate. If a player is left out, they are left out for the right rea­sons,” he said.

“Jon Guthrie has been ter­rific for us this sea­son but he is out in­jured. He will have a job to get back in and he un­der­stands that.

“The back four have kept four clean sheets out of five, so they are in pos­ses­sion of the shirts.

“When he is back fit, then he will pro­vide even more com­pe­ti­tion.”

TUSSLE: Jon Guthrie

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