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Artell: "Margins To Work On"

25 October 2017

David Artell says his squad will benefit from having some mid-week gaps in the fixture list.  The Alex boss says he and his staff will be back out on the training ground working on improving us in both boxes. Our inconsistency has certainly cost us in the quest to move up the League Two table and Artell is looking to improve our resilience both physically and mentally.

The Crewe boss told the club’s official website: “We have a break from the mid-week games coming up. We have the Checkatrade Trophy tie in there but other than that we have Saturday to Saturday until nearly the end of the November.

“That will give us some time to work on things on the training ground. It will make a difference because when you have three games in eight days, it becomes difficult to fit that work in.

“We will work on the players, both physically and mentally. We will do some technical work, because that is important at this club and some tactical work to prepare for the opposition.

“We know we have things to work on and our resilience has to improve. If the opposition go ahead in the game at whatever time, it cannot be a fatal blow. At the moment it has become that, so we will have to address it.

“I don’t think we are that far off but I’m sure there are 23 other managers in this league saying the same thing because there really isn’t much between the teams.

“The Accrington staff were telling us that one of the best sides they have faced is Forest Green. They said they couldn’t get the ball off them but they just lacked that end product.

“We said similar that Chesterfield were not the worst team we have faced and that Carlisle were not the best. It is that type of league and whoever can show some real consistency in the second half of the season will end up in the top places.”

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