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Manager Is 'Tentatively Encouraged'

31 January 2017

Alex boss says his team are making steps in the right direction.

David Artell says he is ‘tentatively encouraged’ by his side’s last three performances but he is looking for that bit more quality to start collecting some points in our battle to remain in the Football League.

The Alex boss has challenged his players to make sure they are not relying on picking up points in the final weeks of the season to make sure we remain in League Two. Artell believes that the tide is turning and that we have enough quality inside the dressing room to make sure we are not dragged into a relegation scrap.

The new Alex boss said: “I have been ‘tentatively encouraged’ by the three performances. We had a good 45 minutes against Luton and Doncaster but didn’t take our chances. We then had a good 85 minutes against Cheltenham but again couldn’t find that goal that would have won us the game.

“Goals change games and win you games and we have just lacked that quality to take them in the last three games, but I think we are slowly heading in the right direction.

“There have been a lot of positives but at the end of the day, we have only got a point for our efforts. We played well on Saturday but no disrespect to Cheltenham, we were at home and didn’t win the game.

“I do believe there is enough quality in the dressing room. They are slowly getting that belief and confidence back and I don’t think we are far off. Once we get that back and with the ability we have here then we have a great chance of winning games and building some momentum.

He added: “We have to remain positive and encourage the players to express themselves.”

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