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Artell: "We Weren't Good Enough In Both Boxes Today"

14 December 2019

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell ended up content with a point this evening after Mansfield Town shaded the better of the better chances on the day. Nicky Maynard could well have been leaving his former club with the matchball tucked under his arm. He had three really good chances to have scored against his former club.

Crewe had chances to win it as well though with Oli Finney firing over from a great position and having one cleared from the line. Charlie Kirk also struck the post after cutting in from the flank.

The boss was fuming over the ‘Sunday League goal' we conceded for the equaliser after Chuma Anene had netted his third goal of the week from close range.

After the 1-1 draw at Gresty Road, Artell said: “We had an opportunity to have put the game in bed in the first half an hour. We had the chance to have won the game. We got the early goal and then went into cruise control a bit which isn’t lie us. Every League Two game is difficult and especially at 1-0. That’s not it, we have to go and score another and then another then you can perhaps relax a bit when we are out of sight.

“Then they score a Sunday League goal and that gives them a shot in the arm and it became difficult for us with the low block. We didn’t make enough of that first half an hour and they could have scored one or two more, so in the end we are here with a point. They hit us on the counter attack but we were lethargic in that final third in the first half an hour and their poor goal was cost us the game. Not just that but it was a major part of the game.

“We are also disappointed and that goes how far we have come because we are disappointed with a point against Mansfield who finished in the play-offs last season.

“We played some really good stuff and could have been brighter in the final third. We didn’t do enough to win the game though and I didn’t think they did either, so in the end a point was fair.

“We need to be better than that and take them to the sword when we are on top and it could have backfired on us because Will has had to make two great saves to deny Nicky Maynard and he hit the post.

He added: “We also hit the post through Charlie, who I thought was the best player on the pitch.”

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