Crewe boss David Artell says the challenge to do better is always there. The Alex have suffered three frustrating 1-0 defeats on the trot to Lincoln, Ipswich and Gillingham and it’s been our inability to convert some really good chances that has cost dearly this season.
The Alex have narrowly lost games after failing to snap up those opportunities and put the result beyond doubt and those misses have come back to haunt us when a defensive lapse or set-piece has undone us. It has been a frustrating little run to contend with, but there still remains a lot of positives to take from our opening 10 games in League One.
Artell told crewealex.net: “The games are coming thick and fast. It has been Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday for the last few weeks and this month and next is much of the same. Everyone is in the same boat and it is not an excuse.
“Yes, we would all like more time to work with the players out on the training because it is limited this year because of the fixture demand, but we have to get that balance right between the work and overloading.
“The players also need to rest and recuperate right because there are a lot of games and some travelling involved.
“The challenge for us is to get better every day. We don’t get carried away when things are going okay, like last season, and we don’t get too despondent either. The performances have been relatively good, we all know we have to stick the ball in the net more often and not make those two or three mistakes that can lead to a goal for the opposition.
He added: “We don’t think we are too far off and with the chances we are creating, we feel as though someone is going to get a hammering off us soon. We have to keep going but we also have to take greater care in the final third and especially with that final finish because we have been in some great positions.”