David Artell says his Crewe Alexandra side ‘did what was needed’ to record an 8th straight home win and go back to the top of the table. Swindon’s defeat at home to Forest Green Rovers sees them slip to second on goal difference but they do have a game in hand. Crewe move to 69 points.
Artell praised his side’s professional performance in recording a 3-1 win over bottom side Stevenage this afternoon.
The Crewe boss told the club’s official website: “First and foremost I thought it was another professional performance from us. We did what we needed to do, to win the game and get the three points and be as comfortable as possible. That is not me being arrogant but in theory a team 2nd in the league should beat the team at the bottom.
“There are examples when that doesn’t happen and we gave them some examples in the week. We are the team in form and we just had to see our quality shine through and it did. I didn’t think we were in any danger and that is what I was annoyed with the goal we conceded in the final minute.
“We should have been out of sight at half-time but we weren’t and that was a bit poor from us. We were only 1-0 up and we had to go again in the second half and for the 25 minutes we were excellent. We deserved to score two more and we could have had some more but if you had offered me 3-1 at five minutes to three I would have taken it.
“It has been a tough week with the trip to Exeter and getting back at 4am. That affects your sleep but we prepared right and made sure we were really professional and got the job done.
He added: “It is nice to be top but there are 9 games to go. If we win all 9 then we are home and hosed and that has to be the aim.”