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Artell: "Newport Will Be Just As Tough As Pompey"

10 March 2017

David Artell says no-one here will be taking Newport lightly in bottom-of-the-table clash.

David Artell has warned his players of the dangers of complacency with bottom club Newport County AFC arriving at Gresty Road this weekend. The Crewe Alexandra boss says that the Portsmouth result has now gone and that no-one at the club will be underestimating the Exiles, even though they dismissed their manager Graham Westley yesterday and replaced him with first team coach Michael Flynn.

Artell told us: “Don’t be fooled by league positions or the way things have gone for them lately. We were a number of points and places behind Portsmouth but we upset the odds. Not many people would have been predicting that on Friday.

“We are only five places above Newport, so we know that anything can happen on the day. We cannot fall into the trap of thinking it will be any easier than Portsmouth away last week.

“It will be tough, just as tough as last week, 100%. We have to approach it with the same attitude we approached the Portsmouth game. If we do that then win, lose, or draw you have to be happy as a manager.

“If we play well and they go up the other end and score a screamer from 30 yards then you accept that. What I want tolerate and the players know is the second half performance at Hartlepool.

He added: “A good example of that is the Cheltenham game. We played well and gave everything we could but just couldn’t score.”

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