David Artell was once again left frustrated after his Crewe Alexandra side were beaten late on by Hull City. The Railwaymen had three excellent chances to take the lead in the first half but didn’t take them and for the second week running, we ended up being punished by a moment of quality and a slight lapse of concentration following a controversial throw-in.
The Crewe players and staff felt that the throw-in should have gone in our favour and with us not quite set to deal with Mayer’s fine delivery, Mallik Wilks ghosted in between Ng and Beckles to head home.
Following the narrow 1-0 defeat, Artell told the club’s official website: “Once again it is an unjust result. We have played well and I think that anyone who has watched that game would say that we didn’t deserve to lose.
“We had enough chances in the first half when we were on top but like last week, you have to take those chances when you are on top. We had three with Owen, Oli Finney and Mikael (Mandron) but they are should of, could ofs’ and they don’t win you points.
“The performance was there and we just have to be more clinical. I think the performances have improved week on week and we are not panicking or worrying because I think we have good players and the tide will turn.
“We were disappointed with the goal we conceded. The linesman has got it wrong. He was five yards away, and Luke Offord plays the ball off their player. We weren’t quite right and it was 4v3 and then 2v 1 in the penalty area but their forward has got there first and we need to be better.
“I thought our shape and defending was terrific and it was that one moment. I think Will made a really good save in the first half but I cannot remember too many chances for them after that. That is why we are disappointed not to have taken anything from the game again.
“The lads are disappointed and rightly so because they felt we deserved more and so did I, but football can be a cruel game and we have to lick our wounds and go again against the MK Dons next week.
He added: “We are not used to losing two league games on the bounce. It hasn’t happened a lot over the last 12/18 months so there are some bruised egos and feeling sorry for themselves in there, but we will start work with them on Monday and be ready.”