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Artell: "We Had Enough Chances To Have Progressed"

12 November 2018

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says that his side had enough chances to have put Carlisle United out of sight in our FA Cup encounter on Saturday.

Crewe couldn’t take one of those opportunities and ultimately were hit with a late sucker punch when Ben Garratt’s clearance struck Jamie Devitt with just seconds remaining. It was a cruel way for us to exit the FA Cup after Crewe had long periods of good possession in the game.

The Crewe boss told “We have to move on quickly and we have another important game on Tuesday.

“I have the same feeling now after watching the game back. I didn’t particularly want to because I knew what happened at the end. We were good for large periods and the truth is we could have been two or three up before they were awarded a penalty.

“Chris (Porter) had a great chance that he has screwed wide. He also had one flash across the box that only needed a touch. Alex Nicholls shot wide and Charlie Kirk was wrongly adjudged to be offside when he was through. Finney also had a good chance at the far post in the first half, so there were a lot of chances there.

“People can talk about shots on target but other than their goal and the penalty, I cannot recall Carlisle having a shot on target inside our box. We limited to them to shots outside our box and I’d rather them do that then have them flashing cross across the six yard box that only need a touch. That is a lot more dangerous, they are proper chances.

“We did more than enough to have won the game but we were ruthless enough and we didn’t test the goalkeeper as much as we would have liked but it was the final shot and finish that was lacking.”

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