David Artell says his Crewe Alexandra side were left to rue missed chances after we were held to a draw at the Globe Arena. Skipper Perry Ng gave us the perfect start to the second half but we were pegged back in the 68th minute after Aaron Wildig drilled home an equaliser.
Crewe had chances to claim all three points with Chris Porter and Stephen Walker both hitting the post and not finishing as well as we have previously.
Following the 1-1 draw, the Alex boss told the club’s official website: “We had the chances to win the game but we didn’t. We were not clinical enough and take care when we were in good positions.
“It is never an easy place to come, especially on days like this and you have to credit Morecambe as well, they make it tough and have been decent at home of late.
“We created chances, I always think we will but we were not quite as good with our ball striking or taking care with shooting towards goal, but it is not the easiest of pitches either and I don’t blame Morecambe for that because we have had three storms in three weeks. It is not actually a bad pitch and I’ve seen worse.
“We didn’t take enough care and were left to rue missing them but we were also unlucky with Chris and Stephen hitting the goal.
“We were disappointed with the goal we conceded as well, because there were four or five little mistakes leading up to it and when that happens, it ends up in our net. It was a bit of a scrappy, scruffy one but we should have been out of sight when Morecambe scored.”
On the late red card for Phillips, Artell said: “It was one of the worst challenges I had seen in 20 years. It was reckless and for him to be mouthing off to me when he is coming off, well he needs to have a long look at himself if he thinks a challenge like that is appropriate.
“I got booked, it was my first of the season, and I accept that for leaving my box or whatever but I was more concerned with the welfare of my player because he could have broken his leg."