David Artell says that Chris Porter made his difficult headed goal against Salford City on Saturday look relatively easy. The veteran forward headed Crewe level just minutes into the second half against Graham Alexander’s goal and his fourth goal of season set us on the way to an emphatic 4-1 win in the end.
Artell was full of praise for the goal and admits that the stunning strikes of Tom Lowery and Harry Pickering only overshadowed what was an outstanding team move and finish by Porter.
Talking about Porter’s vital goal and contribution to the team, Artell said: “What was good about the equalising goal on Saturday was that we probed and looked for that real opening to get in. The players had a real clear understanding of what they wanted to do. They moved the ball well and didn’t just lump it in there.
“They found a way in if you like and it was Ryan (Wintle) who put in a wonderful cross in behind them.
“The next part was all about Chris’ movement and his ability because it was a terrific header. There was no real pace on it and usually it skims off your head and goes out for a goal kick or you cannot get any power on it and it bobbles through to the goalkeeper.
“It was a difficult chance and I cannot praise Ports enough for the header. He made it look so easy and let me assure you it wasn’t. It was a really good finish and you could sense from that moment on that we were going to control the game.
“It got us level. The fans felt it and got behind us and Chris’ header started all of that.”