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Artell: "We Will Learn From Home Defeat"

13 September 2017

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says that his team will learn from last night’s frustrating defeat to Cambridge United. Crewe were beaten 1-0 at Gresty Road and although we enjoyed the majority of the possession in the second half, we couldn’t find a way past a stubborn Cambridge defence.

Artell feels that his side should have mixed things up more to test the U’s back line and says that our first league home defeat of the season will be a learning curve.

David told “We couldn’t work out something different and didn’t test their goalkeeper enough. That is game understanding for me. It is not going to the corner in the dying minutes looking to get a throw; it is about assessing the situation and finding a way through.

“We were getting the ball wide and getting crosses in but other than Porter having one that he headed over and Daggers flashing it across the box, I don’t think their goalkeeper made too many saves.

“Their centre-halves stood there and headed it away. They are very content to do that in this division. It is a bit different in the Championship when players are running behind you or dropping off into pockets.

He added: “That is tactical nous and we didn’t quite have it. We needed to try something different. The players gave it their all but Cambridge didn’t make a mistake and we didn’t do anything beyond the norm across the board.”

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