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Artell: "There Are Big Lessons To Learn From Rochdale Comeback"

11 January 2021

David Artell says that his Crewe Alexandra side will learn from Saturday’s draw against Rochdale. Crewe should have gone on and won the game after leading 3-0 at the interval but the home side gallantly fought back to grab an unexpected point.

Artell described the result as ‘two points dropped’ but believes that we have to take the positives and the lessons from the 3-3 draw at the Crown Oil Arena.

The Crewe boss told the club’s official website: “Too many thought the game was won after 45 minutes and that is unacceptable in my book. It was two points dropped and we have to learn the lessons from that.

“No one wants to see that happening again when we have a 3-0 lead. We have to make sure that we carry on doing the things we need to do and answer any questions that the opposition ask of us.

“It wasn’t as if we were under great pressure, I didn’t feel that throughout the game, so we shouldn’t be conceding three goals from that. There has been a cross that has gone in and two set-pieces and we have to defend that better.

“There were some real positives from the first half performance and we were really clinical on the counter attack.

“What happened in the second half has to be a big learning curve for us. The mentality has to change and we cannot rely on referees giving us a penalty or not, we need to go and score another and score another to kill the game.”

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