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Artell: "We Have Coped Well So Far Without Our Influential Captain"

18 December 2020

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says he has been reasonably pleased with the way we have defended in the absence of our influential captain Perry Ng. The right-back is currently serving a six-match ban following the altercation at the end of our FA Cup tie at Cheltenham Town and that has resulted in a defensive reshuffle with Luke Offord moving to full-back and Olly Lancashire returning at centre-half to partner Omar Beckles.

Crewe are on a run of four league games without defeat and Artell is targeting another three points at AFC Wimbledon this weekend.

Talking ahead of our trip to London, the boss said: “I have been fairly pleased with the way we have defended since losing Perry. Losing your captain and such an influential player in your team could upset the apple cart but it hasn’t so far.

“It is part of their development here not to just play in the one position. Luke Offord can play in numerous positions, so can Pixie and then the midfielders, Tom Lowery and Oli Finney can play in different roles in midfield if needed. Owen Dale can play different positions because we get them to play in different ones in the Academy.

“They play there enough to know what they are doing. We are going along nicely and there is more to come.”  

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