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Artell: "You Have To Take Your Chances When You're on Top"

13 January 2018

Dave Artell bemoaned his side's lack of ruthlessness in front of goal after spurning a number of chances before eventually losing out 1-0 at Carlisle United.

Jordan Bowery, George Cooper & Chris Dagnall all had chances at Brunton Park, but Sam Cosgrove secured the three points for the Cumbrians late in the second half.

Artell said: “We should’ve been 2-0 up after 20 minutes, there’s no doubt about that. But if you don’t score when you’re on top then you always run the risk of getting nothing.

“There was nothing in the game second half but all of a sudden they put a cross in, it takes a deflection & lands on their guys’ head & that’s it. It’s the reason Carlisle are where they are in the league & we’re where we are.

“They’re the fine margins. You have to take your chances when you’re on top & then deflected crosses don’t mean much.

“The first 45 minutes we controlled the game & created chances, the second 45 minutes there was nothing in the game. I don’t know what the goal-mouth action stats are but there was very little of it at either end – particularly in the second half.

Then one deflected cross gets you. For all their possession second half I can’t remember too many chances. We had a few chances throughout the game, particularly first half, & we’ve got to take them.”

Click here to read the Carlisle 1-0 Crewe match report

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