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Artell: "Pleased We Came Through Tough Patch"

21 December 2020

David Artell says he is delighted that his Crewe Alexandra side came through a difficult period in the game away at Wimbledon to secure a third straight 2-1 in League One. The Dons piled the pressure on the Crewe goal in the final 20 minutes and it finally told when Ryan Longman dispatched an 89th equaliser past Will Jaaskelainen.

Crewe responded magnificently and after substitute Chris Porter had headed down Luke Murphy’s ball into the box, there was Oli Finney to tuck home another stoppage time winner.

Artell believes his side are showing some real character to continue to pick up points in a tough division.

The Alex boss said: “It is a tough place to go. Wimbledon are dogged in their approach and difficult to play against. They are well organised under Glyn and it was difficult to break them down but when we did following a great move, we stopped passing ball.

“I was disappointed with that and it allowed them to get a foothold back into the game. We thought has the 9 mid-weeks on the spin taken its toll and we were fatigued?  They equalised after having a real go in that period but you have to credit our lads, they went again and created that winner.

“I don’t think it was fatigue but more a mental state but I am glad they went through that period and still have enough character to go and respond the way they did.”

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