Boss says decisions going against us and Ports' miss may have played on some minds last weekend.
David Artell says that the vastly experienced Chris Porter was not affected by his miss against Plymouth Argyle. Porter missed a tap-in at Home Park last weekend after Stephen Walker had slid the ball over to him, but Artell says that his leading scorer was instantly apologetic to his teammates afterwards.
Crewe went on to lose the game 2-1 due to an incorrect penalty award against us and Artell says that things going against us on the day affected some of them and that has to serve as a learning curve.
The Crewe boss told the club’s official website: “Of course, with modern technology and the way people now communicate, Chris’ miss would have been everywhere but they are used to that. It is normal to them but there is a lot more scope to share things than when Chris first started out as a player.
“It is a smaller world now but the miss didn’t affect Chris in the game and it hasn’t since. He came in afterwards and held his hands up. He missed the chance, it was a genuine mistake and we moved on.
“It has not been mentioned again by me. If the players have given him some banter about it I don’t know. It's gone now.
“If didn’t affect Chris in the game and that was the most important thing. It may have affected two or three others though and we addressed that after the game.
“You could see that after the miss that they didn’t think it was going to be their day, with two penalties we should have had and then Chris has missed a sitter.
He added: “We have to learn from that because the game was still there for us. We cannot feel sorry for ourselves if we think things have gone against us. Do not accept it.”