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It Was One Of Those Afternoon's For Mikael

22 February 2021

David Artell revealed that his main striker, Mikael Mandron, held his hands up in the Alex dressing room on Saturday after he failed to convert any of the chances created for him.

Mandron was denied a goal on two occasions through good saves, but he was also guilt of missing some opportunities that you have backed him to take.

The Frenchman has been in excellent form this season, scoring 9 goals in all competitions, but he just experienced one of those afternoons in Swindon.

Crewe were certainly left to rue those missed chances with the home side snatching an unlikely victory in stoppage time.

Following the 2-1 defeat, Artell told the club’s official website: “Mikael held his hands up in the dressing room and he didn’t have to because we are a team. We win, lose and draw together but he felt he needed to say something and it was good to see him do that in an open forum.

“He knows he is judged on goals but I actually thought he played really well. His overall play was really good, much improved from the last two or three games and I was pleased with him. He knows he has to take those chances but I thought he played well.

“I would have preferred him to not been as good and we had scored two or three but it is what it is. The game was there for us and we didn’t take it.

He added: “Their first goal changed the momentum of the game. It was unfortunate and we paid the ultimate price late on. It is something we have to learn from and move on because we have another game on Tuesday against another tough opponent in Accrington.”

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