David Artell says that his Crewe Alexandra side are showing similarities to the promoting winning team he captained back in 2012. Artell lifted the trophy at Wembley following a 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town after the club went 19 games unbeaten.
Now as manager, he believes that the current crop is showing real signs of that never-say-die attitude, especially with those late goals.
Crewe take on 8th placed Exeter at the weekend looking to extend their current unbeaten run to eight games. The Alex have lost just one in ten game since Boxing Day.
David told the club’s official website: “When we went on that unbeaten run when I was a player here you just knew that we would do whatever it took to get what we needed.
“When we had Cheltenham in the final, we honestly knew that we were going to win that game. We knew that whatever they did we would be able to come through. We had Westy (Ashley Westwod) clearing one off the line and that moment of skill from Nick (Powell). We controlled the game. Whatever it took, we had it.
“It is an important feeling to have and we are not quite there now but we are heading in the right direction. They have shown that they are capable of going on an unbeaten run and one defeat in our next 10 games would give us a chance.
“Now this group is not getting away with itself because there is a lot of work to be done but the mentality is changing and we know what the aspirations are. “