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Artell: "We Coped With Great Adversity"

23 April 2019

David Artell says his side had to cope with great adversity against Swindon Town yesterday afternoon but that his players came through the stern test to collect a deserved three points. Crewe had another Chris Porter goal incorrectly chalked off for offside and the same player was denied a penalty just as he was about to pull the trigger and give him a chance of a deserved hat-trick.

Crewe were also bemused by the penalty awarded against us after Ryan Wintle was adjudged to have fouled Swindon sub Ben House.

Despite having an irate David Artell sent to the stands after three major decisions went against us, Crewe saw out the game brilliantly.

The Alex boss said: "I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory. Some of the stuff we played at times was exceptional, and we deserved to win with a clean sheet as well.

"Chris Porter deserved a hat-trick, and the referee made it hard for us. But we got the three points.

"It shows we can come to places like Swindon and get three deserved points and see the game out.

"We deserved to win the game, irrespective of what the referee did or didn’t do.

"We did terrifically well tactically, they were switched onto their threats to stop them. Swindon have good players with a big budget, but we had the better players on the pitch. We should have won by a greater margin.

He added: “I stand in front of you and I have to defend them when they play poorly, but they have to take the credit when they have played well and won."

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