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Artell: "We Are Sure To Be In Better Shape Numbers Wise For Accrington"

19 August 2021

David Artell says that he expects his squad to be in much better shape in terms of personnel for the weekend visit of Accrington Stanley. The Alex boss had to cope with some late drops out due to illness as he prepared for Tuesday night’s clash at Oxford United.

Crewe ended up losing the game 1-0 thanks to a first half penalty.

The Norovirus led to Crewe having to go with one less on the substitutes bench and young goalkeeper, Sam Booth, was drafted in at the 11th hour to take Will Jaaskelainen’s place in the squad.

The Alex boss has revealed today that things are slightly improving in terms of training numbers.

He told us: “We have one or two still off but we have more than one or two back. It started Sunday and is still carrying through. Hopefully, we don’t lose one or two more before Saturday.

“If you think Covid was contagious then this has nothing on it. Dealing with a couple of positive Covid cases has been nothing to compared to how this has spread through the club. It has been crazy but we have just got on with it.

“We will be in far better shape on Saturday than we were on Tuesday at Oxford, where I thought we were good value for at least a point. The players performed admirably after all the disruption we had to go through.

“We are not moping around feeling sorry for ourselves because there are far worse things in life than a football club having a few people off because of the Norovirus going round.”



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