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Artell: "Too Many Hard Luck Stories Away From Home"

19 December 2018

David Artell says that the ‘hard luck’ stories cannot continue if we are going to move up the League Two table in 2019. The Alex boss and his players have been understandably left scratching their heads over some of our away results this season, but Artell admits that it has happened too many times for it to be a coincidence.

Crewe will be looking for only their second away win of the season at Forest Green Rovers this weekend.

The Alex boss told the club’s official website: “It has been the same old story too many times when we talk about the points we have dropped away from home this season. There have been far too many times when we have played well and created enough chances to have got something but ended up with nothing.

“It cannot be a hard luck story every week. We have to start being clinical in both boxes. We have defended reasonably well and it took a terrific strike to beat us last weekend.

“But then we had some great chances. Callum has snatched at two good chances inside the box, we have put in some really dangerous crosses that have flashed across their box. Harry put two in from the left and Perry hit a terrific cross that bounced twice inside the box and it was their defender (Sweeney) heading it behind for a corner and not one of ours heading it into the goal.

“That is the difference, we have to have the desire to get on the end of those type of crosses. It is about taking those chances that may look like half chances but are actually very good chances.

“Then Shaun has gone round the goalkeeper and whacked his shot against the bar. You can say it was unlucky and all that but we should be scoring that chance with all the experience and ability he has. That is the difference.

“But we will keep working at it and will get there.”

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