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Boss: "Our Players Are Giving It Everything They Have Got"

17 February 2022

Crewe Alexandra manager, David Artell, says he can ‘look at himself in the mirror’ and know that he is doing everything he possibly can to turn around our season.

Crewe have 14 fixtures remaining to safeguard our League One status and Artell says that his group of players are working hard every day out on the training pitch to string that mini-run of results together that could see us claw back the points we will need to put some pressure on those clubs currently ahead of us in the table.

Artell says he fully understands the frustration of the club’s fan-base but has also reiterated that his team and squad are in a transitional and development stage after losing the group of players we did in a short space of time.

Talking ahead of this weekend’s home game against Portsmouth, the Crewe Alexandra boss said: “It is down to us all and everyone is frustrated with the way the season has gone. There are reasons but I am not one for sitting here and giving out a list of excuses. It has been what it is and we have to get on with it.

“There are 14 games remaining and that is a lot of points to go for. It is going to be difficult we know that but there are 14 big games left and that is how we have to treat it. We have 8 games at home and we have to get our home form back to being something like it was if we are going to do it.

“I know I can look in the mirror and know that me, my staff and the players are doing everything we can to get the points we will need. We are in a development stage. It is half a new team if you like from what we had last season and maybe some of them are not quite ready, but they will be. That is what it is about here, allowing our players to develop and come through.

“We have built a team before from when we were 18th in League Two and we will do it again. These players are giving it everything they have got. I have had messages from other managers and people in the game, saying to me at least you can sleep at night because the players are giving it everything and they are right.

He added: “When they are doing that, running around and giving everything for the shirt, the club and the fans then they will have me backing them as their manager. They are giving it a right good go and that is all you can ask of anyone.”

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