David Artell says that the club have 'moved on' since suffering relegation at Vale Park in April 2016. Two goals from Louis Dodds and a last minute finish from JJ Hooper condemned Steve Davis’ Crewe side to relegation with a number of games to spare.
It was a dark day for the football club but Artell says the two sides are now very different and that the result will have no bearing on Saturday’s game.
The Alex boss told crewealex.net: “There are many factors that affect a game. The pitch size at Vale Park, if one or two have knocks or others are missing through injury. If it is raining or if the sun is out, they are all details that can affect a game.
“Previous results do not affect the outcome of a game. The two teams are very different now, with different managers and a lot of different players. It’s in the past.
“Yes, it was a dark day to be relegated at Vale Park. I was very much a part of the club in the Academy and its hurts to be relegated, but we have moved on. It’s another day and that result that day should not affect us. It shouldn’t do.
“We lost 4-0 at Exeter, so in a few weeks’ time when we go down there, do we tread facing Paul Tisdale and his team? No, we see it as another opportunity to get three points.
“There will be players who played at Vale Park that day and they will remember it but I don’t think it will have any bearing on how they perform on Saturday. I do know that we can go there with confidence because of the players we have got in our squad.”