David Artell was left fuming after Crewe Alexandra conceded two late goals to slip to an 8th successive away defeat at the New Lawn. Crewe were 2-1 up with just eight minutes to go but Forest Green Rovers kept going to force an equaliser and then smelt blood. Defender Alex Iacovitti duly forced home from a late scramble to leave Crewe third from bottom.
Following our 3-2 defeat, Artell told the club’s official website: “When you are not prepared to head the ball, tackle or do your jobs properly then you are going to concede goals and when you do that it is difficult to win games.
“We have worked on heading the ball out and defending set-plays for the last three weeks. We will be doing it again, and again and again until they get it right. I don't know if it is a mental state on a Saturday.
“We were not under that much danger going into the last 10 minutes but Doidge has hit the post and it looked as though we got away with it, but in the second phase, we didn’t mark him properly and he is on his own to turn it in. After it hit the post, we should have sorted ourselves out to stop the cross and mark them properly.
“Then from the corner, we have to stand up to that. Go and win the header. Go and clear it.
“In the last 10 minutes, we had to play football. We didn’t do that. We whacked it when we needed to keep passing the ball and be professional.
“Potentially we could have made a change and bought a sub on but going into the final 10 minutes we looked under no real danger.
“We should have had a penalty straight after their second goal but the referee hasn’t seen it. The lads are saying the first goal is offside as well but we cannot be relying on the referee. We should be doing it ourselves.
“We know it cannot carry on and the only thin silver lining is that we have a game on Tuesday night and an opportunity to get three points. We have to stick together. I’ve been in the situation before as a player and it takes working hard every single day to turn it around and get away from the bottom.
He added: “I said to them afterwards that the Football Club is riding on it. If they don’t want to do it for me, themselves or whoever then they should do it for the 12 year-old kid in the Academy who dreams of coming through and wants to be in their place in the future. They should want to do it for them at the very least. “