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Artell: "We Know This Group Has Character & Fight"

10 March 2018

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell has told the club’s official website that his side thoroughly deserved a point after they fought back from 2-0 down to grab a late equaliser from substitute Charlie Kirk. The Railwaymen staged a dramatic comeback with Perry Ng getting us back into it with a stunning strike into the top corner with 10 minutes left.

Crewe had given themselves a mountain to climb after Dean Bowditch netted twice on his full home debut for his new club but we kept plugging away to salvage a share of the spoils in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Following the 2-2 draw, Artell told the club’s official website: “We conceded two really soft goals this afternoon and that gave us a mountain to climb. We haven’t been doing that lately, really we haven’t and the culprits have held their hands up. They knew that they had made mistakes and we have got to cut it out

“There was nothing in the game and we have gifted them two goals.

“They should have scored a third and put the game to bed but they didn’t and we have some real spirit, fight and character here. They kept going and a point is a fair result. They might say otherwise.

"Perry is an excellent footballer and he has produced a real cracker to get us back into the game. He did it at Morecambe in the bottom corner and he has done it again in the top corner today.

“We thought that they would tire late on and they couldn’t keep pressing like they had been. There were some tired legs from them and we threw caution to the wind and went for it. It showed in the end. Their goalkeeper produced an unbelievable save to deny Shaun Miller but we went again.

“We showed great character and it is another point to where we want to go.

“Harry Pickering at 19 has controlled the game. He has had more touches than anyone this afternoon and that is full credit to him. He has produced a quality cross and Charlie has got in there. We have been constantly on to him to get into the box, not just the box, but the six yard box and he has done that.

He added: “Charlie is a very talented boy. He has not fully matured yet but we know he can create things and get goals and I am delighted for everyone because I felt we have deserved that.”

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