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Boss: "What Happened Can Make This Group Even Stronger"

18 August 2021

Boss proud of his players performance after another eventful 48 hours.

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says that the adversity him and his squad have faced over the last 48 hours in terms of squad withdrawals due to a sickness bugs will make us stronger.

The Alex boss had to contend with a number of his first-team squad being affected with a sickness bugs with the likes of Christopher Long, Owen Dale and Shaun Macdonald all ruled out of travelling to Oxford to name a few.

The club’s matchday backroom staff was also affected and former kit-man Peter Cope had  to be redrafted in for the away trip to Oxford after his replacement Keith Wright was too ill to travel. Others had to be promoted from the Academy with sports scientist, Joe Phillips, taking on the duties for the first team when Tom Ryan was ruled out of travelling too.

The boss had to plan accordingly and he says that although not ideal, it will help galvanise us as a group.

The boss said: “It was ridiculous really because you overcome one thing and another thing crops up but it is what it is. I think that what happened to us over the last 48 hours and the performance the players put in will make us stronger going forward.

“I thought it galvanised us as a group. Those moments of adversity and overcoming them does make you stronger in the long run. It makes you focus on what needs to be done if you like and you certainly won’t have me crying about it.

“It makes you think about your core values, the philosophy of the club and knowing that you have to rely on your squad and staff to come through for you.

“Although we lost 1-0 to Oxford, I was proud of what we did considering the circumstances and now we have to take the positives from that second half performance into Saturday against Accrington.”


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