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Artell on Vantage Point Decision

21 December 2017

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell has explained his decision to move out of the technical area for periods of the game.

The Alex boss has decided to sit at a higher vantage point to get a clearer picture of the positions on the pitch but admits that it was a good job he wasn’t in the technical area when the referee decided to show the Crawley goalkeeper, Glenn Morris, a yellow card rather than a red one when we chopped down Callum Ainley on his route to goal!

The Crewe boss told “It is something we spoke about and I thought it might be a good idea to get an overview of the pitch in the first half. It can be for 10 minutes, half an hour or as it was on Saturday for 45 minutes.

“I do think you do get a better view, a different perspective on things and you may spot something you may have missed. There is nothing clever behind it but I would imagine the fourth official is thankful for that!

“I know the officials have a tough job to do and on Saturday I was sat next to Phil Dowd (ex-Premier League referee) and when Callum went through and was upended, I sat to him that’s got to be a red card and he turned to me and said, that he wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled out a yellow.

“It just goes to show you and at that moment I thought, thank goodness I am not stood in the technical area!”


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