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Artell: "It Feels Like A Proper Away Victory"

19 December 2020

David Artell praised the character of his players after Oli Finney popped up with a dramatic late winner to secure a superb 2-1 win at Plough Lane. The Dons looked to have snatched a draw when Ryan Longman scored an equaliser in the 89th minute. The in-form Alex had other ideas.

Crewe dusted themselves down and went up the other end to score another stoppage time winner with Finney confidently tucking home Chris Porter’s knockdown to take the Railwaymen up to 9th in the League One table.

After another dramatic 2-1 win, the Alex boss told “I don’t think anyone could have predicted that ending. I thought we controlled most of the game, even when it was 0-0 and then we have scored after an hour through Mikael (Mandron). That goal seemed to affect us more than them. We stopped playing and passing the ball for 25 minutes after that and they seized on that.

“They are a good side, they were at home and we gave them the incentive to go and get something and they started putting the ball into our box. Pixie has made an unbelievable clearance on the line. It was worth a goal and the lads gave him a round of applause in the dressing room afterwards. That went a long way in winning us the game, just as much as Oli Finney’s goal did.

“After we conceded, we started playing again for three minutes and Ports has produced a fantastic header and we have been on at Oli to score more goals with the chances he is getting and he got himself in there again and did a (Jurgen) Klinsmann to celebrate.

“We showed great character and I was thinking where had that been for the last 25 minutes, no wonder I am going grey!

“It was a great move for the first goal and Wimbledon had made things difficult for us with their shape and how they set up. They are a good side and are well organized. They went up to Sunderland in the week and made things difficult for them and came away with a 1-1 draw.

“This is not an easy place to come to and they showed us a lot of respect. That is a compliment to us and the way are playing but credit to the lads, because they have showed great character to come again in the game after conceding so late.

“It certainly wasn’t vintage us by any stretch but to win when you are not playing as well, is not a bad sign. To come here and stretch our unbeaten run is no mean feat and it feels like a proper victory.”

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