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Atkinson: "Only We Can Turn This Around"

9 October 2014

Atkinson hoping he will have a role to play in helping Alex move away from the bottom four

Chris Atkinson is hoping he will get another chance to establish himself in Steve Davis’ first-team plans after being handed only his only second start for the club at Bradford last weekend. The former Huddersfield Town midfield player has had to patiently for his chance after missing the majority of the pre-season campaign and then picking up that untimely hamstring injury against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the eve of the new season.

Atkinson has had to play catch-up on his fitness ever since but he is now hopeful of getting more minutes on the pitch.

Chris told Crewe Alex Player: “There’s a lot more to come from me. Last week was only my second or third start for the club and the ones before I wasn’t 100% so I’ve got more to come. I’ve got goals in me and the fitness is there now so hopefully against Coventry I can show that and take up the attacking positions to be more dangerous.

“We’ve played a lot of different systems this season to try and find the right one, but when each and every player gets the chance on that pitch you’ve got to try and take it. I think I did okay last week on my return and I hope the gaffer sees that and gives me another chance.

“For one thing we’re working our absolute socks off on the training ground every single day. We’re putting extra sessions in doing more running and sticking together by having team meetings amongst ourselves. We’re trying our absolute hardest to turn this around. Sometimes with the ball it might not work, but if you’ve keep that togetherness then you’ve got half a chance.

Chris added: “There are some top players at this club, the way they play the football is very good. In training the passing, movement and tempo is good and it’s frustrating that it hasn’t always translated into matches but we’ve got to turn it around ourselves. Nobody can do it but us.”

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