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Artell: "You Have To Be As Mistake Free As Possible Against Pompey"

10 February 2021

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says that his side will have to be as ‘mistake free as possible’ if we are going to get a positive result against Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth side this weekend.

The Railwaymen suffered their joint biggest defeat of the season at Fratton Park, going down 4-1 back in November. We were hit on the counter-attack, conceding two first goals and then a third minutes into the second half that killed the game as a contest.

Artell told the club’s official website: “We were punished on the counter-attack at Fratton Park and they were excellent at it. We conceded two first half goals and then a third, so early into the second half and it was virtually game over before we had a chance to respond.

“We know we made mistakes and we know that when you play a team like Portsmouth with the forwards they have, that they will punish you. You have to be as mistake free as possible and not give them the incentive.

“It is a great game to look forward to. We don’t look at it with apprehension or fear, we know that we have to give a better account of ourselves than we did down there on the day.

“On the downside, it is just a shame that there will be no fans. We know how well supported they are. There would probably been 2,000 Pompey fans up and it would have been a brilliant atmosphere but it is what it is at the moment.

“We can remain mistake free, or as mistake free as possible, and can give a good account of ourselves in possession then we have every chance.

“It is a game I am really looking forward to and it will be another great test for us.”

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