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'This Group Can Repeat Late Surge Of 2012 Play-Off Winners'

12 March 2021

Boss sees similarities between this group and the one he captained to promotion in 2012.

David Artell believes that this current Crewe Alexandra squad can emulate the one that came through in League Two and won the play-offs in 2012 when he captained the side.

The Alex boss feels that the chance to build some real momentum is there and he has challenged his squad to do all they can to gate-crash the play-offs like we did so spectacularly in 2012.

The Railwaymen went on a fantastic 19 game unbeaten run to seal promotion in an unforgettable campaign.

Crewe came late that season and were only in the play-off positions for the final two weeks and after beating Southend United in a two-legged semi-final, completed the job with a 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town in the Final. Artell led the team up the Wembley stairs to lift the trophy in what proved to be his final appearance for the club.

Artell told the club’s official website: “There is usually someone who comes through late and there is no reason why that cannot be us. We have to put a run together. It happened here when I was a player here. We won promotion after only being in the play-offs for a couple of weeks, right at the end.

“We hadn’t been in them all season and we came through from such a low position that we went under the radar a bit. We went on a long unbeaten run and the momentum just grew and grew.

He added: “We were playing catch up all season that year and we have being playing catch up again this time. We haven’t been in the play-offs but we have to keep on believing we can make it. If we can go on an unbeaten run again then who knows, this group are good enough to do it again.”

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