David Artell believes that his Crewe Alexandra side are continuing to improve and evolve, but he told them after the draw with Plymouth Argyle in mid-week that they cannot just accept spirited away performances. Crewe picked up a great point against one of the league’s in-form sides but he stresses that his side cannot just accept it.
The Alex boss and his staff are striving for more in terms of longer periods of possession football and he hopes to see that translated into greater ball retention at home to Cambridge United this weekend.
The boss explained to the club’s official website: “The players said afterwards that it felt different at Plymouth to Rotherham. We told them that was because they had scored first and not scored in the last minute. It was the same result but a different feeling if you like.
“The next stage of their development as a group is to not just accept it. I don’t want them to accept a draw at Plymouth as good enough. It is good enough in relation to where we are now and we were delighted with them, especially their work ethic and their desire not to concede again, but the next stage for them is to go on and score a second goal and control the situation better.
“They know we have got to better in games for longer periods. We have played in patches at two really tough places to go and the lads worked their socks off, but can we be even better on the ball?
He added: “We are evolving as a new team and I like the word evolving because it reflects that we are improving and moving forward. Now, we know there is a long way to go but we will give them all the coaching and support they will need to get there.”