Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says that he will not deviate from our core principles of playing football. The Alex have struggled for league wins this season and Artell has admitted that he feels the players are lacking a touch of self-belief following four straight league defeats, but he says that the players are working hard to turn things around sooner rather than later.
The Crewe boss admits that the first third of the season has been poor in terms of results and he and his players are targeting a better points’ haul during the second third.
Artell told the club’s official website: “I won’t stray from our core principles and nor should we. This club is best when it plays football the right way and that is what we try to do at all times.
“We have to return to basics and although the lads are trying hard, there is a lack of belief there at the moment. The only way to change that is to win games.
“It is easy to stick to those principles when you are winning games than when you are losing them, but we won’t accept moving away from the philosophy. We want them to play their football and do the other side of the game equally as well.
“We have not had a good first third of the season but there is still time. We have to improve in the second third, so the next 15 games or there won’t be a third. We will have way too much ground to make up.
He added: “There has to be that application and belief to get better. Talk is cheap and we have to start showing that we have good players here because we have.”