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Artell: "If You Don't Score It Can Become A Cruel Afternoon And That's What It Become"

31 October 2020

David Artell said his Crewe Alexandra side did everything but score after narrowly losing 1-0 to Ipswich Town this afternoon. The game was decided by a set-piece just after the hour mark and Crewe were left to rue missed chances at Portman Road.

The Alex boss believed that his side deserved more for their performance over the 90+ minutes.

Following the 1-0 defeat, Artell told the club’s official website: “It was a terrific performance from us and we were outstanding at times, but if you don’t put the ball in the net then it can turn into a cruel afternoon and that is how it turned out.

“There were a couple of great chances in the first half and we got ourselves in some great positions and it was just that final decision or execution. Tommy doesn’t need telling that he should have scored. He knows and he has to keep getting into those positions.

“There were loads and loads of those little moments when we just selected the wrong option which has resulted in zero points and zero goals for us. That’s the most disappointing thing because it is the first time we have been in League One for a while and have come to another huge club for this league and played them off the park really.

“But putting the ball in the back of the net is the name of the game. The only consolation is that if we play like that every week then we will win more games but we have to take those chances more often.

“That’s football, isn’t it?  You sometimes win football matches when you don’t deserve to and lose them when you don’t deserve to and today was one those. The performance is one element of it but we know that we have to put the ball in the net.

“It’s about scoring goals and as much as I can wax lyrical about the performance but we have lost the game.

He added: "We were flat on Tuesday (against Lincoln) but we were much better today and if we had scored three or four goals then I don’t think there would have been many complaints but we haven’t and we have to pick ourselves up and go again on Tuesday.”

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