Crewe pair return to training as Artell threatens changes after Burton thrashing

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Thursday, 18th March 2021, 3:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 3:22 pm
David Artell.

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell has threatened to make wholesale changes to his side for Saturday's trip to Northampton following last weekend's 3-0 home defeat to Burton Albion.

Crewe's 11-game unbeaten run at Gresty Road was brought to a crashing halt as Kane Hemmings grabbed a first-half hat-trick for the in-form Brewers.

“I don’t think any of the players who played last weekend could have any complaints if they are left out," said Artell. "If they come knocking on my door on Friday then there is going to be a short response really. It is as simple as that.

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“The players have to understand the gravity of it because defeats in football happen for a reason, they have to and they have to see the consequences of performing like that. Those reasons have to be addressed because too many times this season we haven't shown enough belief and resilience.

“There have been some very good performances as well but ones where we have settled for where we are. Take the Lincoln game recently, it was like 'they are second in the league and this is going to be tough'. It was tough because they are a very good side but the mindset has to be better.

“You can't just brush a performance like that under the carpet. We have to be ambitious and drive ourselves forward by becoming more consistent.”

Crewe have been boosted with a return to training for defenders Donervon Daniels and Luke Offord.

Artell added: “Luke has been out for a while now so we will have to take things easy with him. We don’t want him to suffer any sort of set-back but he has been running for a while now and can now join in training again.

“Donervon is a bit different. He has been out for 10 days or so and we will see how we get on with both of them."