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Artell: "Belief Is Running Through The Whole Club"

18 February 2019

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says that the growing belief inside the club helped us grab a last gasp equaliser at Boundary Park on Saturday. His captain George Ray was given licence to go forward in the closing stages of the game and he repaid that faith with a dramatic equaliser after he somehow pulled down a cross from substitute Tom Lowery in the 93rd minute.

It was Ray’s second goal in three games following his late goal at Macclesfield (which should have been the winner!) and it gives Crewe’s unbeaten run going. Artell’s side go into this weekend’s home game against Exeter City on a mini-run of seven games unbeaten.

Following the 1-1 draw with Oldham, the boss said: "I don’t think you go seven games unbeaten if you don’t have belief, you don’t get on runs like that.

"It’d the first two or three that are the hardest, then you are harder to stop. When you are in that mindset you are a better team for it.

"When we finally got ourselves going the penny dropped. If there was one team that was going to win it, it was Oldham, but a draw was fair.

“The fans helped them believe. They started making some real noise after an hour because we started playing a bit. They could see it coming and really got behind us in those 15 minutes. It helped the players again.

"I truly hope they understand the importance of them coming.

The boss added: "I can't speak highly enough of them, spending their hard-earned money to follow us. They got the reward in the end.”

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