Manager of Crewe Alexandra David Artellhas challenged his players to get more victories and get awarded with new deals by the club.

The club seems to have escaped the relegation zone after earning 45 points. However, reports have it that most of the players of the club could have expired deals from this summer. This likely informed the advice to win more games and get new deals.

“Players might think we’re safe but we’re not. We’ve got eight games to go and the plan is to win all eight. The best way to earn yourself a new contract is to win all eight. That’s the best way to persuade me and the staff for next season,” the tactician said.

Artell admitted that the team started poorly at the start but that the lads settled down to work as they never lost hope.

“I don’t think the lads are unhappy at coming to work in the morning. You walk past the dressing room and hear laughter. That’s a good barometer. There was never doom and gloom in my head, I just think the players needed to believe in themselves and think ‘I know we’ve had a tough run just surviving in League One but that doesn’t mean we should automatically go to survival mode in League Two’,” Artell said.

Crewe battle Carlisle this weekend. They are likely to force a draw from Keith Curle’s men who have lost five and played a draw in recent matches. Crewe Alex might favour players who are not sure of getting a deal this summer like Oliver Turton, George Ray, Billy Bingham and Ben Nugent.