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Artell Left Frustrated

12 September 2017

David Artell was left frustrated as his Crewe Alexandra side saw their unbeaten home league record end thanks to Jabo Ibehre’s only goal of the game on 35 minutes. Crewe gave it their all in the second half but we couldn’t find an equaliser for all their effort.

Artell told crewealex.net: “I think we huffed and puffed and although it might seem we were threatening, we were very one-dimensional.

“We got the ball wide and put it in the box, if I was one of their centre-halves I’d have been very content.

“Give them credit, they nicked a goal then had two banks of four and said ‘break us down’. And we couldn’t do it.

“I don’t think the players worked out how to do something different, we never changed it and their two centre halves stood there and headed it away. I can’t remember their keeper having a shot to save really.

“That for me is game understanding, tactical nous, and we didn’t quite have that tonight.

“Callum Ainley changed the game in a positive way, but with him and the rest of the lads it wasn’t for the lack of trying, they gave their all.

"It was frustrating but we have to make sure we don’t become one-dimensional if we concede the first goal. We need to have more about us than putting in crosses.

He added: “I thought we were fine in some ways, but the majority of crosses came in at the front of the box, because of their low-block. It is difficult when a team does that.

“It’s not a lack of effort or skill, and give them credit. But if we come up against that again we have to do better.”

 


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