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Artell On First League Defeat Of The Season

2 September 2017

David Artell was a disappointed manager as Crewe Alexandra slipped to their first league defeat of the season. Mitch Rose headed the only goal of the game from a set-piece corner and Artell was angered that it cost us our unbeaten start to the league campaign.

Following the 1-0 defeat at Blundell Park, Artell told the club’s official web-site: “It is disappointing because we have played nothing like we have been in all the games. Saying that with the two chances we had with Chris Porter and Jordan Bowery late on we could have got something from the game. We could have won it, never mind got a point, but due to our own sub-standard performance I don’t thing we deserved anything.

“We were second best and that is the first time I have felt that. We whacked it up to them far too many times and we don’t play like that. I felt sorry for Chris up there. We don’t whack it and I’ve told them afterwards. If you had come here today, you would have thought we did and I don’t remember too many times that we put four or five passes together.

“We lost Conor. He was knocked off cold and went straight to hospital. I’m not sure how he is now but we are in contact there. We had to re-adjust and have a reshuffle but I didn’t think it affected us too much.

"The goal was disappointing. Three of them were not in the right positions and they have scored from it. They didn't do their jobs and that is what happens. We told them what to expect and those two or three positional errors have cost us.

“We have lost one game in the league, so there is comfort in that. If someone had said we would have had the results we would have had so far, I think give or take we would have taken the points return but I don’t like losing football matches.

“We have to pick ourselves up from this one and go again on Saturday against Chesterfield. We were below par today and we didn’t play up to the standard we have set so far this season.”

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