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'Those On-Pitch Relationships Are Beginning To Form'

1 October 2021

David Artell considers that those on-pitch relationships are beginning to form and that the development of his side is ahead of schedule. After a slow start to the season in August, Crewe have now suffered one defeat in the last six matches and Artell wants that improving run of results to continue against Cambridge United tomorrow.

Ahead of our home clash with the U’s, the Alex boss told us: “Those relationships are beginning to form but I’ve said from the start of the season that it takes time. It doesn’t fall into place after 10 games. It can take months to form those relationships. We had it when we won promotion and then took it into last season, but then we lost a number of players and although we are not quite starting again, we are looking to build a new team with a number of new players.

“I actually think we are more advanced than I thought we would be in those relationships and that is pleasing. It means the players are receptive to what we want and they are taking things on board. Hopefully, the foundations are there for us to have a good season and show that we are more than good enough to be in this league.

“At the moment we are still relying a bit too much on individualism. We need to become less reliant on that and play more good football as a team but that is where we are.

He added: “On Tuesday, Scott (Kashket) showed an outrageous piece of skill to score and we cannot rely on something like that to get us a goal but I would say are on the right track.”

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