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Artell: "It Was Awful & The Goals Were Unacceptable"

13 March 2021

Crewe Alexandra’s impressive home run of 11 games unbeaten came to an end this afternoon as Kane Hemmings helped himself to a first half hat-trick at Gresty Road.

Burton and Hemmings took full advantage of our defensive mistakes to punish us ten-fold with his finishing and it was a frustrating afternoon for David Artell and his usually so impressive-at-home Alex side.

It was a rare off day at the Alexandra Stadium from the Railwaymen but Burton were worthy winners over the 90 minutes.

Following the disappointing 3-0 home defeat to the Brewers, boss David Artell told the club’s official website: “That was awful and unacceptable from one of my teams. I thought there were a few of them who were too comfortable in the first half and questioned their desire and work ethic to really go and win the game.

“I am not one for questioning their work ethic but I felt some of them didn’t run around enough. It doesn't happen very often.

"I have always said that I will only shout at them if they don’t pass the ball around and play football and not run around. I shouted at them at half time today because it wasn’t acceptable and not just because it was 3-0.

“The goals were unacceptable. The first one bounced about four times and you don’t see goals like that on parks. The second goal came from a goal kick, unacceptable. The third one, we are actually trying to play football so there is an element of acceptability in that one but only an element. It wasn’t good enough.

“One or two talked about it afterwards and that was good. I didn’t agree with the majority of it then was the time to do so. If they think that was acceptable then they are kidding themselves on.

“I can see it, we all saw it and they need telling. I told them again after the final whistle in a calmer manner. It was awful and we will go through it and learn from it.

He added: “The players need to learn, it is part of their job. They have to go through the video and learn from the mistakes. We will do all we can to help them and get them to understand where we went wrong.”


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