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Artel: "We Can Take Great Heart From The Way We Played On Saturday"

1 March 2021

David Artell has admitted that he was disappointed to only collect a point against Sunderland at the weekend after conceding a two-goal half-time lead.

The Black Cats scored two world class finishes in the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time to deny the Alex a deserved three points against Lee Johnson’s side.

Artell told the club’s official website: “It was disappointing not to have won the game because I thought we deserved to. We controlled the game in different ways. We played some terrific football in the first half and contained them in the second half. They didn’t create a genuine chance in open play before they scored a worldie from 35 yards.

“They had a couple of balls that flashed across the boxes from free-kicks but there wasn’t much more and Dave (Richards) didn’t have any real saves to make. They didn’t create too much and that was very pleasing.

“They needed two fantastic strikes and a lot has been said about them, which has taken a bit away from how well we played.

“We had some really good chances in the second half as well. Sanderson produced an outstanding block to deny Tom (Lowery). Mika has nearly lobbed the goalkeeper and there were a few times when the final ball or a heavy touch let us down.

“I felt we should have won the game and the performance was good. Those type of goals we conceded don’t happen every week so we can take the positives from the performance.”  


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