Crewe aim to spoil Di Canio's first game at Swindon

Crewe Alexandra defender David Artell
Artell joined Crewe on a free transfer from Morecambe last summer

Crewe Alexandra are determined to give new Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio a losing start to his managerial career, according to defender David Artell.

The two teams play each other in League Two at the County Ground on Saturday.

Artell, 30, told BBC Radio Stoke: "It's a bit of an unknown quantity for both the manager and the players.

"He [Di Canio] has brought players in from all over the continent and hopefully we can give them a wake-up call as to what League Two is like."

He added: "Why not play them in the first game and welcome them to League Two with a defeat?"

The Robins will be playing their first match in the bottom tier of English football since 2007, following their relegation from League One in May.

Crewe, meanwhile, are hoping to improve on their 10th-place finish last season.

"There's always eternal optimism on the first day of the season, whichever club you're at," continued Artell.

"Hopefully we can go to Swindon and show that our optimism is more well-placed than theirs is and that they will have a lot more work to do than we will have to.

"The players at Crewe are young, but a lot of them have got 30, 50 or even 100 league games behind them.

"That can only hold us in good stead for this game and the rest of the season."

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