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Boss: "Lessons There For Us From Newport Set-Back"

26 August 2019

Crewe Alexandra boss Davide Artell says it is important that the team learn from Saturday’s set-back at Newport County. Crewe should have won the game with the possession we had and the worst case scenario should have been a point, so to lose it in the third minute of stoppage time was incredibly difficult to stomach.

Even the Newport boss Michael Flynn was honest enough to admit that Crewe dominated much of the game and were the better side on the day but that was scant consolation for Artell after we suffered our second league defeat of the season.

Artell told “If I could change one thing it would be the result because we were good. We were not exceptional or terrific like we can be but we were still good enough to have won the game.

“In hindsight, you can talk about changing this or that or this player should have done this or that. There are always things to improve on and we will learn from it going forward because we have dominated the second half and did create just about enough chances to win it.

“We kept the faith with the players on the pitch because we were well on top and we thought the goal was coming for us, so to lose it was hard to take but that is football and it can happen.

“Of course, we spoke about changing it around. I spoke to Kenny at 71 minutes, because I remember looking over to their clock. We did it again at about 81 and we just felt we were looking good and had kept going. They were the ones getting tired because we had been good in possession and they had been chasing us about.

He added: “The worst we thought at the time was that it would end 0-0 and we wanted to win it. We wouldn’t have lost the game but for the mistakes we made in the build up to their goal.”

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