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"Our Young Sparrows Are Becoming Men"

23 January 2019

David Artell believes that his young players are now becoming season campaigners after many of them have now played over 100 senior games. The Crewe boss feels that they are now becoming physically, mentally and tactically better due to the experiences they have been exposed to at such a young age.

Ahead of our weekend home game against John McGreal’s Colchester United side, the Crewe Alexandra boss said: “They are coming of age. They are not kids in the sense that they have played a lot of games. Most of them have played over 100 games or are getting there.

“They are starting to develop their game and becoming more resilient. They are not a soft touch and there is a determination to not allow their man to run past them. They have shown that with the last three results.

“To go to Morecambe, which is never an easy place to go, and get a last minute equaliser turned out to be a good point. They did it from 2-1 down against Newport and then got that result at Milton Keynes, who have one of the best home records in the division shows they are heading in the right direction.

“They are still young and not as physically strong as a 26 or 27 year-old, who has been around the block in football and in life, but our young sparrows are becoming men. We don’t want them doing weights intensely at 15 because they can lose some of their agility and mobility, but they will become physically stronger with age.”

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