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Artell: "That Was A Tough Watch This Afternoon"

23 January 2021

Artell admits Alex didn't hit quality this afternoon.

David Artell admitted that it was a ‘tough watch’ this afternoon after his Crewe Alexandra side were held to a 1- 1 draw with AFC Wimbledon.

Artell says that a point was a fair reflection on the 90 plus minutes at Gresty Road in tricky weather conditions.

Talking after the draw at the Alexandra Stadium, the boss said: “The positive is that we have remained unbeaten for 10 games. The negative was that we haven’t been as bad as that for long time. It was a tough watch at times this afternoon.

“We didn’t hit the level of quality we have this season. I don’t know about Wimbledon but we have to be far better than that if we are to realise our aspirations.

“A draw was a fair result. We got caught cold for the early goal. Four out of our last 10 goals against have come in the early part of halves, either first half or early second half and that is something we have to sort out. That is nothing to do with football that is more to do with application.

“We were slow out of the traps and it cost us and we scored an equaliser and there was still nothing in the game. We had chances to win and they did too. They hit the bar and our keeper had to make a good save, so a draw was fair.

“We said to the players afterwards, that that was a performance from four years ago. It was like we were just coping and thinking that it is okay not to lose but we need to be better. They know that.

He added: “Yes, it was a game on a tricky pitch and in difficult weather. Yes we had two new full-backs and all that but we have to make sure we are better if we are to have aspirations in this league. It is not all doom and gloom and the players know that. They know it and we roll on to Tuesday and Gillingham.”

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