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Artell: "We Have To Take Defensive Positives Into Saturday"

24 October 2019

David Artell wants his in-form Crewe Alexandra side to be as stingy as we were against Colchester United on Tuesday evening when we visit Forest Green Rovers this weekend. Crewe kept their first clean-sheet in eight matches in all competitions but we couldn’t break down a stubborn U’s defence and the game ended goalless.

Colchester were limited to a couple of long range efforts from striker Frank Nouble before he saw his injury-time penalty saved by Will Jaaskelainen.

Crewe didn’t conjure up too many clear cut chances of our own either and a draw was a fair result in end.

The Alex boss told the club’s official website: “Colchester deserved credit for restricting us to a few chances but we still got into some great positions and our decision making let us down at the end, the final pass or cross.

“Colchester defended well but we are still the third highest scorers in the country behind Manchester City and Liverpool, so we are not going to drastically change things drastically.

“Colchester had a couple of changes but they came from our mistakes. Owen gave the ball away for one and Perry miskicked another and Nouble had two chances from distance until he had the penalty.

“We defended the right way too and the clean sheet was justified. That was a positive and we have to take that forward into Saturday against Forest Green.”

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