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Artell: "Work Ethic Is Not Negotiable"

16 February 2017

Boss says his side have set the standard with two different types of performance.

David Artell has praised the work rate of his Crewe players after their secured back-to-back home wins with a hard fought 2-1 win over Wycombe on Tuesday evening. Midfielder James Jones smacked home a late penalty after George Ray was felled in the box, to give Artell his second win as manager in the space of a few days.

Artell was delighted with the work ethic of his players but has reiterated that the standard has been set and that level of work remains non-negotiable.

David told the club’s official web-site: “As far as I am concerned the work ethic is non-negotiable. They have got to show that willingness to run around, pressurise and work hard. They have got to show that in every game. That is what I expect from them and if they do that, then I will praise them and back regardless of the result.

“They had to work hard against Wycombe because they are a top side. They have been up there for most of the season and with fifteen minutes to go after they scored, they probably had the greater momentum and looked the more side to go on and win the game, but our lads dug in and I was delighted with them all.

The boss added: “They have set the standard with two very different performances against Grimsby and Wycombe and we have to keep that going and move on to another tough game at Blackpool on Saturday.”

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