David Artell says that Hull City were ‘very impressive’ in their Carabao Cup victory over Yorkshire rivals in mid-week. The Crewe Alexandra boss attended the cup tie at the KCOM Stadium and admits that Grant McCann’s side were so impressive that it was a travesty that the game was decided by a penalty shoot-out in the end.
Hull held their nerve from the spot to progress in the League Cup.
Crewe travel to Hull for our first away encounter of the season and will be aiming to bounce back after last weekend’s home defeat to Charlton Athletic.
Ahead of our first away game, Artell said: “It is always beneficial to go and see a team up close if you can. It is different than watching it on the TV and you do learn things.
“Of course, you can probably watch any game at the moment for a tenner but I think it is important to jump in the car and travel two hours to watch them.
“They were very impressive on the night and deserved to win in the 90 minutes. It was a travesty it went to penalties because Hull were all over them. I don’t think anyone could have complained if they had won three or four nil – so we know it is going to be a tough game.
“We will be going there looking to win. We have done it before. We have gone to impressive stadiums and won before. I think back to the way we played at Middlesbrough last season, or Portsmouth before that or more recently away at Bolton.
David added: “One thing is for sure, we have good enough players to go and get a positive result. It is our job to get the best out of our players and if we can and they can then, there is no reason why we can’t get that positive outcome.”