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Artell: "We Don't Feel Levels Of Pressure Here"

17 November 2020

Boss feels relaxed as his side settle into life in League One

David Artell says that there is no pressure around the Football Club. The Crewe Alexandra boss says he never feels any pressure placed upon his shoulders from above nor does he apply any onto his players or staff.

Crewe are currently mid-table in League One following promotion and in all honesty are probably worthy of being six or seven points better off as well following some solid performances against Hull, Ipswich and Gillingham. All those games were somehow lost 1-0.

Ahead of our first of four away games at Oxford this evening, Artell told “There is no pressure on us. There is no pressure on this club. The only pressure is from within and from each other. It is that desire to keep on improving and do as well as we can.

“I think it was Kenny (Lunt) who said that he was a player here when they went 20 odd games without a win and there was no pressure on them then! He said that they won the last game and stayed up and that is a terrific managerial skill that Dario (Gradi) had to take that pressure away from the players.

"It was no fluke that they kept on doing it and avoiding relegation from the Championship.

“We have beaten Peterborough and that gives us some confidence but let’s not forget that we lost three on the bounce before that. There was no talk about pressure then.

“I don’t feel any pressure on me from above and I am sure that if you asked the players they would say they don’t feel any pressure coming from me or the staff here.

He added:  “You just have to be as consistent as you can be. We have beaten Peterborough but that is fish & chip paper now and it is on to the next one. The Oxford game will be a different game and if we are not at it then we will get beat. It is as simple as that in this league.”

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