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Artell: "Have To Be On It To Win Here"

24 October 2020

Boss on superb 2-1 win at Doncaster Rovers.

David Artell says his Crewe Alexandra side showed real grit to make sure we acquired our first away win of the season at promotion hopefuls Doncaster Rovers. Charlie Kirk and Harry Pickering were on target at the Keepmoat Stadium in our 2-1 win and Artell was delighted with his side’s display.

Following the 2-1 win, Artell told “It was a good game of football and I think we would have been a bit unlucky not to have got all three points. We didn’t do ourselves justice at Sunderland in what was a footballing game on Tuesday night and we managed to do that today.

“It was another footballing game and we think we are a decent team who can match anyone if we play to our potential. The lads showed that this afternoon although Doncaster had more possession in the second half. Saying that I thought we limited them to a few chances and we looked dangerous in the final third when we got there.

“There wasn’t much between the two sides and I felt we didn’t get the rub of the green at times with some of the decisions but I don’t want to make it about that because the lads have been terrific and they deserve the credit.

“Doncaster are a good side and Darren (Moore) has them playing some really good football. They are the highest scorers in the league and this is a tough place to come so to come here and get the three points will give us all a major boost.

“Callum was unfortunate to be left out on Tuesday. We played Oli for a reason but he has hit the ground running this season and he has been involved in four of the last five or six goals. He put Charlie in and it wasn’t an easy finish.

“The second goal wasn’t bad either! Harry is a special player and there is a lot more to come from that boy. He grafts every day in training and has those type of goals in his locker. When you practice that as much as he does then you always have a chance.

“It went 1-1 very quickly, and there were a couple of challenges we could have done better with, there is usually three or four mistakes with every goal and it is something we have to learn from.”

He added: "I thought it would have been unjust if they had scored late on and Will has made an unbelievable save. It was one of the best saves I've seen in the last few years. He meant it, he reacted to save it and it didn't just hit him. It is those saves that make sure you get those three points."

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