Boss takes comfort from Cup display but hugely disappointed to exit League Cup.
Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell was bitterly disappointed to have gone out of the Carabao Cup at the first round stage last night. Crewe had deservedly gone into the interval 1-0 up thanks to Chris Porter’s third goal of the season but Phil Parkinson’s Bolton Wanderers showed some real character to emerge victories thanks to goals from Adam Armstrong and Derik Osede in the second period.
If Crewe had managed to have scored a second goal, it could have been us looking ahead to tonight’s draw, but instead Artell had to settle for some comfort from the performance rather than the result.
Artell told crewealex.net: “Cup games are all about winning, so I am disappointed because we have lost the tie. Did we perform well? Yes, I thought we did but we lost the game and the objective was to get through.
“We are here to win games of football and whilst we performed admirably and there was plenty for me to be pleased about, we need to become winners. That is part of their development as footballers. It was a decent performance but we have gone out and although pleased with aspects of our play, I am disappointed with the result.”