Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton says he has spoken to 'stoic' Billy Crellin and believes the loanee will respond to the criticism that has come his way at Bolton Wanderers, but does not want to add any fuel to the fire regarding Ian Evatt's recent comments.
The 20-year-old is on loan with the Trotters from the League One club and has played every minute of Bolton's season so far.
But he was criticised by Evatt after the draw against Cambridge United over the weekend when the goalkeeper's attempted parry of Jack Iredale's cross ended up in his own net.
Wanderers fought back through Antoni Sarcevic to claim a point on the road.
After the game, Evatt discussed Crellin and said that he is a 'fantastic young goalie' but that he needs to stop making mistakes that are costing Bolton, telling the Fleetwood Town loanee to 'man up'.
Evatt's usage of that terminology drew widespread criticism and he has since apologised for the use of those words and clarified what he meant by it.
He admits he would not have handled the matter in the same way as Evatt, but also accepts he has done actions which other managers would not and that straight after a game, emotions can run high.
He insists he does not want to 'add any fuel to the fire' and that, having spoken with the goalkeeper, Crellin is aware of what he needs to do and how he needs to responds.
“Having spoken to him he knows he has made a mistake, clearly, and I think when you are in a senior position unfortunately you cop a bit of flak and the pressure comes.
“I am not going to sit and tell a manager what to do and what not to do. I’m relatively new to this trade myself. It’s a difficult trade.
“I don’t think I would have handled it that way with a young player but then again there are probably a lot of things that I have done that other managers wouldn’t. He is trying to get his team winning and clearly there’s a pressure attached to that.
“Sometimes when it is straight after the game, managers most of the time are not the most rational.
“It would be interesting to see if you spoke with Ian today what his thoughts and feelings are on it because time gives you that bit of perspective. I’d imagine he has a different take now.
“What’s done is done, nobody died, it’s a game of football and when you are a goalkeeper – look at Jordan Pickford, or in the Spanish media when David De Gea makes a mistake in the Spanish national side, unfortunately it’s a high pressure industry.
“Bolton Wanderers is a big club and they want to get results. I think if you make mistakes there then you are always likely to be criticised.
“We live in an age of social media where everything we do and say is analysed and micro-analysed. It’s 24 hours and radio stations discussion, so if you want to be a top player now you have to accept criticism, albeit you would like to think when it comes from a manager it’s kept in-house of in the dressing room. Sometimes stuff like that does leak out into the public forum and we have to pass comment on it.
“I don’t want to add any fuel to the fire. I have spoken to my player, he knows exactly where it’s at, he knows the response he needs to make in order to put that right and knowing Billy he’ll be good to go because he’s got a real solid constitution and, luckily, he can deal with it because there are some out there who would not be able to respond correctly.
“In this industry it’s high pressure and you have to accept if you want to be in it for a long period that there will be bumps and criticism coming your way at some point because that’s the job.”