ARTELL: GIVE ME POINTS, NOT PINTS!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John Lyons

IT’S the busi­ness end of the sea­son, the stakes are high, ten­sion is mount­ing – and man­age­rial out­bursts are on the in­crease.

The mid­week pro­gramme cer­tainly seemed to ruf­fle a few feath­ers and, ar­guably, no-one was an­grier than Crewe boss David Artell af­ter his side were thrashed 4-0 at fel­low League Two strug­glers Hartlepool.

“Rel­e­ga­tion means obliv­ion for every­one,” he told BBC Ra­dio Stoke. “I’ve told the play­ers they have a choice: ei­ther work hard and im­prove, or it’s obliv­ion.

“That’s for their ca­reers, this foot­ball club and ev­ery one of us.

“They’ll end up in the Con­fer­ence North on £200 a week with a job as a milk­man.” Cam­bridge United boss Shaun Derry was scathing af­ter his side were beaten 3-2 at home

by League Two lead­ers Don­caster Rovers.

“Against the top teams I bang the drum about tak­ing your chances,” he said. “In one box we weren’t ruth­less enough, and in the other we weren’t good enough.

“I see chances that have gone beg­ging and on the de­fen­sive side it’s three goals we have con­ceded that are bargain

base­ment.” Charl­ton man­ager Karl Robin­son was an­other boss see­ing red af­ter his side lost 4-3 at Shrews­bury Town in League One, de­spite Ricky Holmes hit­ting a hat­trick. “Some of th­ese peo­ple don’t de­serve to wear a Charl­ton Ath­letic shirt,” fumed the Ad­dicks boss. “I’d say 40 per cent of the squad don’t care enough. Too many peo­ple have dodged bul­lets for too long, and the man­ager has al­ways been the one who gets it in the neck. At some stage play­ers have to stand up and be counted.” Yeovil boss Dar­ren Way was fum­ing at the of­fi­cials af­ter his side’s 0-0 draw against Mans­field in League Two. Stags keeper Scott Shearer es­caped with a book­ing when he han­dled the ball out­side the box just five min­utes into the League Two clash. “It was a clear send­ing off,” groaned Way. “The ball was head­ing to­wards goal.” Carlisle boss Keith Curle was left be­moan­ing the state of the Whad­don Road pitch af­ter his side were edged out 1-0 at lowly Chel­tenham. “They are more equipped to play on a dump than we are. It’s that sim­ple,” he ar­gued.

FEEL­ING BLUE: Crewe boss David Artell

Keith Curle

Dar­ren Way

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