David Artell was pleased that his side managed to end the season with a deserved home win over Shrewsbury Town this afternoon. Crewe led a 2-0 lead slip to go in at the break on level terms but responded again to find that winner through veteran striker Chris Porter.
He replaced two-goal hero Mika Mandron, to tap-in the winner in the 81st minute after Harry Burgyone had led a Kirk shot slip from his grasp.
Artell said after the final game of the season: “I think them coming back was more to do with us than them but I don’t want to take anything away from Shrewsbury either but I thought we fell asleep for half an hour. We were too passive for half an hour.
“We went 2-0 up, the mind-set altered in a negative way and it became a negative outcome with them scoring twice in the last five minutes of the first half.
“We went the other way, instead of doing what we were successful at and creating chances, we went this will be easy, we will be alright here and you cannot do that and got punished accordingly. We stopped running around a bit and before we knew it was two all.
“I thought Shrewsbury fully deserved to go in level at the break and that was more to do with us than them. I told them at half time they have got to run around on a football pitch and they did again in the second half. We applied ourselves far better and I thought we showed just enough quality to win the game.
“I thought we showed quality for all three goals and Chris (Porter) was Jonny on the spot for the third goal and it’s another team we have done the double over. There is always something on the game and that makes sure we finish in the top half of the table.”