David Artell says it is important to put 6-0 drubbing at Colchester to the back of the mind.
David Artell believes that it is wrong to look at this weekend’s return fixture against Colchester United as any type of revenge mission.
Crewe Alexandra produced their worst away performance of the season down in Essex, losing 6-0 back in August and Artell held his hands up and admits he got the preparation wrong by travelling down on the day.
The Railwaymen will now be aiming to bounce back with a positive home performance against John McGreal’s promotion hunters.
Ahead of this weekend’s fixture, David told us: “The whole day was a disaster from our point of view. The preparation was my responsibility and I got it wrong. We travelled down on the day, had a sleep in the hotel, had the pre-match meal and then went onto the ground but we were 2- 0 down inside the first eight minutes and 3-0 before half-time.
“It wasn’t right and we learnt a great deal from the experience. The players didn’t do themselves any justice either with their performances and it was a bad day for everyone but we cannot go into the game on Saturday with a revenge mind-set.
“When you do that you can get caught up in the occasion and all that. It will probably be in the back of our minds a bit but it is a new game and we cannot let that scoreline dominate our thinking.
“Colchester are a good side, they have good players and strengths and weaknesses like everyone else. We have to nullify their strengths and take advantage of those weaknesses.”