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Artell: "We Have To Develop Killer Instinct"

13 April 2017

Alex boss says we have to make sure we see the job through when we are playing well.

David Artell says that his Crewe Alexandra side have to learn how to kill opponents off after disappointingly allowing a two-goal lead slip away at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Artell was delighted with the way his side approached the first half to take a two goal advantage into the interval thanks to goals from Callum Cooke and Chris Dagnall, but a second half collapse saw the Railwaymen leave with nothing for their efforts.

The Alex boss says that his players cannot afford to slip back into their shells when pressure is applied.

He told “We got ourselves into a great position to win the game on Saturday but we handed back the initiative to Accrington. They are on a great run and once they got the first goal we saw the confidence start to ooze out of them.

“They had that belief that they could come back. They were dogged and put the pressure on and we conceded from three set pieces. That is not acceptable. Defending set pieces is the easy part because they are a structured area of the game. Goals that come from open play are more difficult to defend because they are more random.

“It is tough to get three points, so when you play well, like we did for 45 minutes or 50 minutes on Saturday then it is important that you go on and win the game.

“Maybe our team are young and a bit inexperienced but they have got to make better decisions when we are up against it. We have to ride those passages of play better and make sure we are not caught cold.”

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