David Artell celebrated turning 39 yesterday with an emphatic 5-0 win over his former club Morecambe.
The Crewe boss was delighted with his side’s performance over 90+ minutes, but was actually a little disappointed that we were not as ruthless to add to our tally. Crewe hit five, hit the woodwork three times and had countless chances to score more.
After the 5-0 win, Artell told the club’s official website: “I enjoyed our performance today and we could have score more than the five we did. I honestly don’t think the sending off made much of a difference, I really don’t. I think we were fairly comfortable before the red card. They might use it as an excuse, but that is up to them.
“I thought we were terrific and played some terrific football but one win doesn’t mean we have cracked it again, like one or two defeats didn’t mean we had fallen away. I am pleased with the way we approached the game, the five goals we scored and the chances we created. Yes, we could have been more ruthless and scored more than we did but I will settle for five.
“We hit the woodwork, had chances off the line and Finney missed a sitter in the first half.
“I think 5-0 flattered them and it was the perfect way for us to bounce back. We had to get back on the horse and we did.
“Oli (Finney) was terrific. He has had to be patient, very patient and I’ve told him that. He has kept going, never sulked and he has kept scoring goals for the under-23s. He has to wait for his chances and he gets goals.
“He isn’t the finished article, far from it. There is work to do with him but he has come into the team and scored two goals and he was terrific. He has to remain professional, keep going and keep doing what he is doing.
“We are not doing too badly. We have made a good start and that is all it is. You don’t win anything in November. We have to stay up there and you do that by picking up results.”