David Artell doesn’t believe that February will be crunch time for his Crewe Alexandra side just yet as they prepare for four games in the space of just 11 days.
Artell says it is not yet ‘make or break’ as we aim to remain in League One this season but he appreciates that we need to start winning games to give ourselves a realistic chance of escaping the bottom four in these last few months.
Ahead of this week’s mid-week match against Plymouth, the Alex boss said: “I wouldn’t say it is make or break because there are plenty of matches still to play. I remember Newport won 8 out of the last 11 games to stay up once in League Two, so anything can happen.
“We haven’t got to that stage yet and on the flip side, you don’t want to get to that stage. We know we have to start winning games and picking up points but we don’t need to create any unwanted pressure by saying we have to win this game or this a must-win game. If you do build up individual games too much then it can affect the spirit if you don’t get a result.
“You have to be careful and not dress things up too much. There is a balance to it and making sure you focus on yourselves and what you need to do.
He added:“They are all tough games and anything can happen. You only have to see Doncaster winning at Sunderland to see that. No-one would have predicted that result and it goes to show that anyone can beat anyone on their day in this division.”