David Artell says Crewe must put derby-day defeat behind them

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell has said his side need to put their derby-day defeat against Port Vale behind them as they look to try to climb the division.

His side had previously been undefeated at home, scoring nine times without reply, but Leon Legge’s late strike earned the visitors a victory and left Crewe marooned on eight points in the lower reaches of the table.

Artell wasn’t happy with his side’s second half showing and highlighted the fact when speaking to the club website after the game.

“I’ve watched the game three times and I will go through the points with the players from the second half. The message will be fairly simple, at this club, we want to play football. They know that whacking it and taking the easy option is not acceptable here.”

“We will go through it and get it out of the system quickly. We will point out what we need to and draw a line in the sand. It will be done and dusted today. We will learn what we need to and go out and practice what we should be doing.”

Crewe face Manchester City Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy this week, before a huge clash with fellow strugglers Notts County at the weekend.

Our View

Sometimes, in League Two, whacking it long is a necessity, especially with 15 minutes left to go at home. even the very best sides have a big man they can go direct to if need be in the latter stages.

It isn’t a route to success, but all good teams can mix styles effectively. At the minute, Crewe can’t.


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