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Artell: "Performances Have To Turn Into Results"

20 January 2018

David Artell could not hide his frustration after his Crewe Alexandra side conceded three second half goals to lose 3-2 to Wycombe Wanderers...again! Crewe had led through a Chris Porter penalty before Wycombe hit back to lead going into the final minutes. A debut goal from Harry McKirdy looked to have rescued a point for the Railwaymen but substitute Craig Mackail-Smith grabbed a stoppage time winner after we failed to deal with a long punt up the pitch.

Following the 3-2 defeat, Artell told the club’s official website: “We cannot continue to concede three goals at home and concede goals like we did. We can blame one man and he will deserve the criticism coming his way, but we made some stupid mistakes again.

“We cannot concede three goals at home and hope to win too many games of football. I thought we were good and the better side lost the game today but we have gifted them their third goal.

“Their second goal was an obvious handball. I think the whole stadium saw it but I am not surprised the referee has missed it because he isn’t very good. He sent me to the stand because he wasn’t very good and missed a decisive moment. I will go in and see him.

“We had chances to be out of sight at half-time. Callum had one off balance and Ports hasn’t connect with one from close range. It is not happening for us at the moment and then we had one disallowed at one end of the pitch and they go up the other end and score a late winner, but we can’t defend that like we did.

“Callum and Kirky were good. Green was terrific, Wintle came through 90 minutes, the lads that came on did well for us, so there were positives but we have to turn those performances into results and quickly because we are in a results based business. We have got to stop making those mistakes.

“Harry has scored on his debut and Daniel Barlaser only met the lads at 1.30pm today, but he came on and looked composed on the ball.

He added: “Chris Porter has suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury, so he will have to be assessed tomorrow.

“Chris Dagnall has a knee injury, so he will be out for four, five, six weeks."

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