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Artell: "Our Decision Making Was Poor & We Didn't Do Enough"

17 April 2021

David Artell says he was disappointed by his side’s decision making after they slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic this afternoon. The Crewe boss said his side were on the receiving end of a freakish opening goal and then the game really went away from us with 20 minutes to go when Omar Beckles was sent off whilst conceding a penalty that Lee Evans dispatched for 2-0.

After the defeat at the DW Stadium, the gaffer told us: “We didn’t do well enough and I thought our decision making was really poor at times today, especially in the first half. I thought that got better second half and certainly better after we went down to ten men but we didn’t create enough.

“I asked the forward players how many shots they had had during the game and they replied with two and that is not enough. They know they are in the team to create and score goals and they didn’t do enough but that isn’t just them.

“I don’t worry about the blanks in goals in the last three games because I feel we have enough quality here to score goals and we need to get back to basics and start creating more chances. Did we get the ball into those positions today? Probably not and certainly not enough so that is something we have to work on.

“On the goals, the first one is one that happens once a season. It was a fluke but we had a chance to clear it and the ball was in our box and you make your own luck.

“We tried to play out and  they nicked it off us in midfield and we let Lang run unopposed for too long and Omar has fouled him. The referee said that he didn’t attempt to play the ball and that is why we was shown the red card. I’ve not seen it back but if the referee feels that then that are the rules.

He added: “We tried to do the right thing and got it robbed off us twice and they were the two decisive moments in the game. They were the game changing moments in the game and like I’ve said before goals change games and we didn’t do enough in that final third today.”

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