David Artell says that his Crewe Alexandra side will in no way underestimate the credentials of John Sheridan’s Swindon Town side because they currently reside in the relegation drop zone.
Artell says that the club have had a period of transition following their promotion as champions ahead of Crewe Alexandra last season with their manager, Richie Wellens, electing to move on to Salford City and a number of loan players returning to their parent clubs.
Artell has a lot of respect for the experienced Sheridan and how he sets his teams up and the Alex boss is expecting another tough encounter at the County Ground.
He told us: “Swindon did ever so well last season and they were a really good team. They won promotion and deservedly so, but they have a change of manager since then and some of the loan players they had last year when back or elsewhere.
“I don’t know why Richie left or his reasons for it. I haven’t spoken to him but it is difficult for any manager to rebuild a team when they lose the number of players they did in the summer.
“John has come in, in difficult circumstances to try and steady the ship and give them in the league. He has great experience and they are always tough games against his sides. He is a proper football guy and will have them at it.
“It will be another tough game and we will have to match their work ethic to stand any chance of getting a result.
“We certainly don’t look at their league position and think it is going to be any easier because of where they are. Far from it. They are fighting for their lives and it is going to be difficult.
“I’ve said it many times, I don’t think there is much in the league and anyone can beat anyone. Take Hull, they lost 1-0 at home to MK Dons when no-one was expecting them to and then they bounce back by scoring five at Wigan in mid-week.
He added: “You really don’t know on the day and you have to right at it to get a result.”