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Artell: "Cheltenham Will Be Like A Wounded Animal"

3 May 2018

David Artell expects a tough test against a ‘wounded animal’ this weekend. Crewe host a Cheltenham Town side that were beaten 6-1 at Whaddon Road by play-off seeking Coventry City last week and Artell says that the Robins boss Gary Johnson would not have tolerated that result.

Artell says his players will have to be prepared for a Cheltenham backlash this Saturday.

The Crewe boss said: “I came off the pitch at Crawley last week and someone told me that Coventry had beaten Cheltenham 6-1. I thought that’s the worst thing that could have happened, because no player wants to be thumped at home.

“I am sure that Gary’s (Johnson) words would have been ringing in their ears all weekend because we wouldn’t stand for it. No-one wants to end the season on a defeat and Cheltenham will be aiming to respond from that heavy defeat.

He added: “They will be like a wounded animal and we will have to be ready for that. I am sure Gary wouldn’t have had that level of performance in their final home game and he will after a reaction and so will their players. They won’t be having that and it makes our game that little bit tougher because of it.”

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