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We Cannot Keep Relying On Will To Save Pens

22 April 2021

David Artell says that Will Jaaskelainen’s ability to save penalties is ‘certainly no fluke’ after the young Finn saved his third spot-kick from the last four he has faced on Tuesday evening. Crewe have unbelievably conceded four penalties in our last four games and have had to rely on Jaaskelainen pulling off saves against Portsmouth, Oxford and Fleetwood.

Although Oxford managed to convert the rebound in their thumping 6-0 win at Gresty Road, Jaaskelainen’s heroics earned us a point against Portsmouth and helped us to all three at the Highbury on Tuesday.

Artell told the club’s official website: “We had spoken about not giving penalties away because they can lead to a cheap goal but again we conceded one at Fleetwood.

“We cannot keep relying on Will to save them. He has saved three of them and he is very good at saving them. It is certainly no fluke. He did that at Nantwich years ago and helped them get to the FA Cup first round by saving penalties in the previous games.

“It is certainly no fluke. He saves penalties regularly and I don’t want to be the kiss of death because he is very good at it.

“He is still only 22 and that is a baby in goalkeeping terms. He has played 50 plus games and that is just starting out as a goalkeeper. He still has a lot to learn but he is heading in the right direction.

David added: “We tend to forget about Will a bit because of his position but he is developing nicely like the rest of them and his penalty saves are another part of that.”

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