David Artell says he saw a slight improvement in his side’s football against Manchester City’s Under-21s 0 but it was too short lived for the Crewe boss’ likely.
Crewe gave themselves an almighty mountain to climb after conceding two early goals to the City youngsters, but having come into the interval and having that chance to regroup, substitute Alex Nicholls got us back into the tie with one of his first touches and we had some good chances to draw level before City scored twice more in the last ten minutes.
It leaves Crewe on three points in Group D with a fine game against Shrewsbury Town still be played in November.
Artell told the club’s official website: “We had a good spell for 15, 20 minutes in the second half and we had a chance to score another goal but we didn’t. We started giving the ball away again.
“We stopped what we were good at again and we need to improve. We cannot just play for small periods. We have got to get better and be a lot better when in possession. What is an improvement on the second half against Port Vale? Yes, but only slightly.
The boss added: “There are three or four of them who are not quite doing the business. We will try to help them and try to get them back on track.”