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Benchmark Has Been Set

26 November 2013

Dugdale says team has to push on with same fight in their belly from derby clash

Despite Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to local rivals Port Vale, Alex defender Adam Dugdale says the team felt that they set the new benchmark to take forward.

The Crewe dressing room was distraught after Vale’s Jennison Myrie-Williams hit a late winner for the Valiants, but they have certainly been given a lift by the way they handled the occasion and performed, especially in the first half at Gresty Road.

Dugdale says that the team now have to take that commitment into every game to make sure we give ourselves a fighting chance of getting out of danger.

Ahead of this evening’s trip to Carlisle, the Liverpool-born defender said: “If we can show the same desire, commitment and togetherness the I don’t think we won't go far wrong.

“We have set ourselves a benchmark for performance and effort against Port Vale, so it is down to us now to show the same desire to win football matches. You could see everyone wanted it.

“Maybe that hadn't been there in previous games for one reason or another. All the lads wore the shirt with pride and we were unfortunate not to get anything from the game.

“I am a bit different from the other lads because I have seen the other side of football and I don’t want to go back there, so that is my hunger in my belly.

Duggy added: “As a team we really need to push on now.”

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