Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell felt his side thoroughly deserved all three points this afternoon after not allowing any set-backs in the game to affect our performance. The Railwaymen’s work ethic and desire to find that winning goal saw us continuously drive forward and ultimately find that winning goal in injury time through Jordan Bowery. He got the nod to start ahead of leading scorer Chris Porter and he repaid that faith with his second goal of the campaign as an entertaining game entered injury-time.
Following the 1-0 win at Gresty Road, Artell told the club’s official website: “That is what you get if you keep going and you keep believing. We were in the ascendancy for much of the game and didn’t give up. They kept going and they got their reward for doing that. It was reward because of late we have perhaps been on the receiving end of a few 1-0s ourselves, when perhaps we didn’t deserve it.
“We had the one at Coventry when it hit the corner flag and we felt we deserved more from the game on Tuesday night.
“I thought we thoroughly deserved it and our mindset was really good. We didn’t let any setbacks in the game affect us. We had a few decisions that could have gone in our favour and then they had the penalty. Dave did his research on the penalties. He knew where Godden had put his last ones and he did the work with John Dillon. We make sure that is done on a Friday and it paid off.
“Credit to Dave, he has been terrific in our last three games and he has kept us level in the first half with that save.
“It is great to stop the rot and it would have stopped if it was 0-0 but to win it in the final minute is even better. Now we have to build on it and take it to Yeovil. We can work on a few things, we can still be better in the final third but I was really pleased with their spirit because we also missed some chances as well. Coops and Dags had some good ones in the first half, Zooms in the second but they kept going.
“I’m delighted for Jordan. He has got the nod today to start and he took his chance. He has been really good for us lately. He was really good away at Wycombe and has been one bright spark in the last few games.
“He looks big and powerful and he is putting a shift in for us. To get that winning goal in injury time caps off another good performance from him. He has got himself in there, it was a good turn and although he probably didn’t strike it as well as he wanted, I don’t think anyone cares, it was in the back of the net and I am delighted for everyone.
“Now we have to work as hard as we did today, next week because if we do then we can match anyone. We have beaten an in-form team who have won three on the bounce and were 6th in the table, so we know we can do it.”