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Artell: "We Went Away From What We Are Good At"

11 January 2020

Boss disappointed with second half display at County Ground.

David Artell was left hugely disappointed by his side’s second half performance at the County Ground after his side slipped to a 3-1 defeat to the league leaders. Swindon Town took full advantage of some of our mistakes to punish us.

The loss leaves the Railwaymen out of the automatic promotion places and we face 3rd placed Cheltenham at Gresty Road next weekend.

Following the defeat at Swindon, Artell told the club’s official website: “I thought we were the better side before their first goal but we were not clinical enough.

“If we had gone in 1-0 up at half time I don’t think there would have been too many complaints but we didn’t. We then scored an undeserved equaliser and we thought ‘right, here we go’, but we never got going in that second half. We gave them chances and full credit to Swindon they took theirs.

“They scored from a deflected shot in the first half and I didn’t think that was a fair reflection of the game but we only had ourselves to blame for not taking our chances or getting the end of some of the crosses.

“Swindon are top of the league and deservedly, hard to beat home, but if I’m focussing on our own performance then I was disappointed with the second half performance.

 “At 60 minutes, 1-1 was probably a fair score but we never recovered from their second goal really. That was disappointing because we went away from what we are good at. It cost us in the end.

The boss added: “We should have done far better in that second half but we had too many below par and when you have that coming to the team that our the league leaders then it is tough.

“We lost to a Championship side last week and the league leaders this afternoon. It is back-to-back defeats and does that make us a bad team overnight? I don’t think so. It is not terminal and we have got to pick ourselves and go again next weekend.”

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