David Artell emerged from the Crewe Alexandra dressing room to give his thought on another disappointing Saturday night. Crewe suffered their fourth straight defeat in League One and host fellow strugglers Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday evening.
Following the 4-1 home defeat, Artell told the club’s official website: “I’ve told them some home truths and told some of them exactly where they are at because that was an unacceptable way to lose a game of football.
“Some of it will stay internal, but the players have to accept that there is no magic wand. It can only turn on hard work, belief and having that resilience. There is too much of an acceptance at that moment that ‘that will do’ or an acceptance that a mistake is going to happen. That is a psychological state and they have to be better than that.
“Confidence is a state of mind and how you feel. It is a mental thing and they have to believe in themselves more. They scored a great team goal last week after a 27 passing move and now in the first half we couldn’t string two passes together.
“They know they have to do better and it is up to us to lift them again. We will give them their unwavering support and work with them and it will be hard work, but we will get there.
He added: “We have made mistakes today and we shot ourselves in the foot with the second goal and then three more times, if you include the penalty. We cannot accept that and cannot lose a game of football in that manner. “