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Boss: "Gritty End To Cheltenham Game Shows How Far We Have Come As A Team"

2 October 2019

David Artell believes that the hard fought 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town last weekend shows how far we have developed as a team. The pitch dimensions at the Jonny Rocks Stadium make it tight for visiting teams and Michel Duff has his in-form side playing to their strengths.

The Robins, who had Luke Varney in their attack are unbeaten at home and had won the last four on the bounce when Crewe arrived at Whaddon Road last Saturday.

Despite losing Perry Ng to a red card with 20 plus minutes remaining, Crewe held out for a deserved point and Artell was delighted that his side showed a different side to their game.

The Alex boss says that the clash between two of League Two’s in-form sides demonstrated a shift in his team’s ability to grind out a result in difficult circumstances.

“The game last weekend showed that the mental resilience is there. It is something we have worked on. We have asked questions of our players and seen how they have coped, ' said Dave.

“Some of things we have done they have known about, others things have been unexpected and it is interesting to see how they cope. Who is moaning and who is just getting on with it and rising to the challenge.

“I think in my first game at Cheltenham we lost 1-0. It was an awful game and we got beat. Last year it was goalless and Ryan (Wintle) had a chance to win with the last kick but it was saved.

“It is always a difficult place to go, so to go there and get a result after going a goal down and then having a player sent off with over 20 minutes left shows how far they have come as a team. I think the second goal was coming before we lost Perry, but in the end it could be a very good point.

The boss added: “The players worked their socks off and had that belief that they were not going to score. I thought they were terrific for different reasons and they have to show that again when we need it.”

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