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Artell Praises His Side's Second Half Comeback

29 December 2021

David Artell felt his Crewe Alexandra thoroughly deserved the three points following a spirited second half fight back against his former club Morecambe.

The Alex found themselves 1-0 down at the interval thanks to Greg Leigh’s flying header but quick fire goals from Chris Porter and captain Luke Murphy propelled Crewe to a first away win in the league.

Following the 2-1 win against one our fellow strugglers in League One, Artell told the club’s official website: “In the league it has taken us a while to get that win but I don’t think I’ve made a big thing of it. I have spoken to the press about it but not really mentioned it all that much to the players. Maybe I should have made more of it.

Of course, it is a big win and we have to take that into the Burton game. We know we have to win some away games to give ourselves a chance and in turn take some pressure off the home games as well.

“That is four wins out of six in all competitons and we are going along nicely. I have been saying that the performances have been there and the results have improved because of that. We have to keep that going and there is still a lot of hard work ahead of us.

“When you play those teams in and around you, it is important that you perform and I thought we deserved to win over the 90 minutes. I thought we controlled the game well in the closing stages and I couldn’t really see them scoring again, although Dave Richards made a good save when we needed him.

“I thought we were the better team in the first 35 minutes and they scored when we were down to ten men because we had a player off the pitch having treatment (Rio Adebisi). I told the players that at half-time that we had been the better side and had to keep that going.

He added: “I just told them to believe in themselves more because being 1-0 down was unjustified at half-time on the balance of play but they came out and were more effective and scored two good goals. Murph’s goal was worthy of winning any game and after a nervy period when some of them were affected when we went ahead, we saw the game out well.

"The away fans have been unbelievable for us all season, they have been right behind us and they can see the direction we are heading and the effort the players are showing. They helped us again tonight and I want as many as can to come to Burton on Saturday and do the same again. Hopefully they can come and see another Crewe win because that is what we need."

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