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Artell: "We Need To Avoid Suspensions"

7 February 2018

David Artell will be boosted by the return of defenders Perry Ng and Zoumana Bakayogo from suspension this weekend. It will certainly improve the manager’s defensive options and increase the competition for places at the back following the arrival of the Newcastle United right-back Jamie Sterry on loan.

Crewe youngster Harry Pickering filled in at left wing-back at Notts County on Saturday due to the one game suspension of Bakayogo following his rather harsh two bookings at Swindon.

Ng was suspended for four games following an off-the-ball-incident in the dying seconds of our game at Cambridge United after Christmas. Ng was suspended on video evidence and served a longer suspension for violent conduct following his red card earlier in the season against Newport County.

Artell welcomes the two players back for the visit of Yeovil Town but he stresses that the discipline has to improve because we do not want any more suspensions heading into the decisive run in.

Artell told the club’s official website: “The suspensions for Perry and Zooms were untimely. Perry’s was ridiculous and he has paid for that with the number of games he has missed and financially.

"Zooms’s first booking at Swindon was ridiculous. He blocked a cross at right-back and then made his way back to left-back to take a throw-in. He was booked for time wasting but he was getting back into position.

“The second one, I would like to know how the referee has given a foul to them and not to us? I thought Zooms was the one who was fouled in he build up to the goal. The referee saw it the other way, so we had to go without him at Notts County.

"We know it is far easier to compete with 11 players on the pitch and it is important we keep our discipline. Getting the two players back from suspension will be a boost for us.”


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