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'Set Plays Were Nowhere Near Good Enough At Ipswich'

1 December 2021

David Artell admits that he was disappointed by the standard of our set-pieces in the 2-1 defeat at Ipswich on Sunday. The Alex boss was frustrated that we didn’t utilise our height inside the opposition penalty area more often due to the standard of the deliveries.

Crewe under hit too many crosses going into the box or invited the confident Christian Walton in the Ipswich goal to come out and collect them with relative ease.

Crewe did get some joy from one set-play with Billy Sass-Davies heading back for Chris Porter to head goalwards - but again Walton was equal to it.

The Crewe Alexandra boss said: “Our set-plays on Sunday were no way good enough. We didn’t beat the first man on a few and we allowed their goalkeeper to come and collect a couple as well. We rolled too many across the floor for my liking.

“A third of all goals come from set-pieces, which is a major percentage and we have got to be a lot better because it is isn’t as though we haven’t got anyone on the pitch who is not prepared to head it. We have Porter and had Mika (Mandron) on the pitch at the end. Zac Williams has shown he can head it. Offord can head it. Billy Sass-Davies has scored goals.

“We have enough players to head it and it is not as though we don’t practice them. We do ahead of every game, just to find their weaknesses at set-pieces. It looks like we need more practice because they were not good enough on Sunday.”

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