Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says that it was important to add the experience of Paul Green and Shaun Miller to his squad as they, among others, help set the standard of acceptability within the club.
The Crewe boss has conjured up a nice blend of youth and experience in his squad and he says he has noticed an added maturity to the group over the last six months.
David told crewealex.net: “I do things for the good of the players and for the football club and on occasions that might mean giving them a ticking off but I don’t shout at them to make myself feel better.
"I do everything I can to help them but they should neve regard my kindness as a weakness. If they try and take the mickey out of me or the football club then they are dealt with accordingly. They are a good group.
“By making them more empowered helps with their performances out on the pitch. That has to continue and I’ve seen a greater maturity over the last six months.
“The senior players help with that and reinforce the standards we set. The younger ones see how they train, how they conduct themselves, what they eat and recover and follow their example.
“They see what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in games and when you have that then you have more of a chance of winning games. We are starting to see that. It has taken some time but we are beginning to see it. “