David Artell says that his young Crewe Alexandra side are improving game-on-game and that they are taking great lessons from tough League One assignments. The Alex ended a barren run of seven straight defeats with a well-deserved 2-1 win over Cheltenham at the weekend and Artell was full of praise for the spirit and desire of his team to go on and win the game in the last ten minutes.
With Crewe needing wins to give ourselves any chance of escaping the drop, it is vital that we can turn some of those close games into victories.
Artell told the club’s official website: “All the lads are really trying and everyone who comes to the games can see that. They are trying to play the right way and sometimes that won’t come off, but more often than not it does come off and we have played some good stuff in the last two games especially.
“It all about them becoming more consistent and becoming excellent players. It is part of their development and they are always learning.
“We have had Connor O’Riordan come into the side and he has been outstanding for us. Connor Salisbury came off the bench on Saturday and made a great block to prevent a cross going into our box. That has helped us win the game and it was an outstanding contribution from him as well in the five minutes he was on.
“It is all about their learning and winning has to become a part of that as well. They are all learning and picking things up and some of them are at the start of that journey, but handling it very well.”