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Artell: "I Want Gresty Road To Become A Fortress"

26 April 2017

Boss targets home improvement for 2017/18

David Artell wants the Alexandra Stadium to become a real fortress next season after losing eight league games at home this season. The Alex boss has been disappointed with the home form since taking over and believes his team have been vulnerable on the counter attack or have allowed the opposition to score cheaply from set plays.

The Crewe boss told the club’s official web-site: “I have already learnt a lot. A lot of what has happened is expected because I have been in football for a long time but you do get some surprises as well. There are not that many but things can be difficult, recruitment for one.

“You do reflect on things and go over the decisions you make. I changed the system against Newport and it didn’t work out in the second half but you take responsibility for that and learn from it. You have to try and make the right decisions and everything is discussed and thought about. It’s not about me, it is about us all as a team. The fans are included in that.

“They have a massive part to play. I want our stadium to become more of a fortress and a tough place for the opposition to come.

“When we were 2-0 up on Saturday after about 35 minutes, you could hear a pin drop inside the ground. I don’t want that. We are 2-0 up at home and the fans should be enjoying themselves, I want them to be singing and dancing.

Dave added:"It is not a criticism of the fans because they have been top drawer but they can help us and I want them to be a big part of what we want to do. They can create a terrific atmosphere and I really appreciate the backing they have given me and the team.”

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