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"Players Have Responded Well To More Prescriptive Instructions"

18 November 2021

Gaffer says going back to basics on the training ground will help in game situations.

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says he and his staff have been more prescriptive in what they require from the players during training this week.

The Alex boss says it has been important to install a framework to work from for the visit of Gillingham this weekend.

Crewe host the Gills aiming to claw back some points on those clubs above us at the bottom of League One.

Ahead of our home game against the Kent-based side, Artell told us: “We have been far more prescriptive with the players in training this week. It has been more a case of run here if this happens, or do this if this happens rather than giving them more ownership.

“We want there to be less grey areas. They still have to think for themselves but perhaps a bit less. It needs to be a bit more automatic and we have worked hard on that this week. It is not easy but the players have been given a framework and they have responded really well I must say.

He added: “I think they have enjoyed it. They have seemed to enjoy it and I suppose Saturday will be the acid test.”

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