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Artell: "Our Players Didn't Deserve To Be Booed"

26 February 2019

Boss says fans who boo are entitled to their opinions and he is entitled to his own.

David Artell has once again defended his comments made after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Exeter City. The Crewe Alexandra boss was understandably frustrated that a couple of his players, Charlie Kirk and Jordan Bowery were booed after making mistakes in the game.

The team was also booed off by a small section of the support at half-time with us trailing to a deflected goal off the boot of Chris Porter.

Both Kirk and Bowery were later substituted and afterwards Artell defended the treatment of his players’ by a small minority of the fan base.

Following on from his post-match comments, the Crewe boss told us: “Charlie (Kirk) has matured a lot. He has some way to go and has to keep going.

“In professional football you have to try and have an old head on young shoulders and he is getting there. He has come on leaps and bounds and he has scored plenty of goals and assisted plenty over the last 12 to 14 months.

“Did he have the best of games on Saturday? Then probably not but he has been absolutely terrific for us.

“In my opinion neither he nor Jordan deserved to be booed. Those fans that did are entitled to their opinion, I get that, but then so I am and I don’t agree with them on this one.

“We deserved to have rotten fruit thrown at us at Colchester and we deserved every criticism coming our way that time, but in my opinion they didn’t deserve it on Saturday.

He added: “The long and short of it is people may agree with me or not but that is football and people having opinions and I am not here to fall out with anyone.”

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