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Artell: "It Was Too Late In The Day Again"

21 August 2021

David Artell told the club’s official website that ‘it was too late in the day’ after his Crewe side left it late to really pile some pressure on Accrington Stanley. We couldn’t take one of our late chances to level things up and it was Stanley leaving Mornflake Stadium with three points in the bag thanks to Michael Nottingham’s first half winner.

Artell told the club’s official website: “It was too late in the day again and if that is a habit then that has got to be broken.

“They had a couple of chances in the last five minutes but the better of the chances, although far and few between fell to us. And that is about it.

“It was a soft goal we conceded. Yes they have some 6 foot four lads, that’s them. That’s not a criticism that is how they set up and we worked on that. Do I think it was a foul on the goalkeeper?, Then yes I do! They get given up and down country but Drysdale didn’t give it. That doesn’t detract the fact that we have to defend it better than that. It is a soft goal to lose the game to.

“We are not conceding many but we are conceding soft goals. We have to cut that out and we are not creating enough at the other end. That is the crux of the matter.

He added: “We have to get better at both ends of the pitch. It’s a new team and we have some new personnel, and we will get there. We are a work in progress but the players know that doesn’t give them a licence to lose football matches.

“We have seen flashes of it in stages of games but not enough and we have some work to do.”

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