David Artell didn’t name names but he felt that there were a few of his team who didn’t reach their own standard of performance in the 3-2 defeat at AFC Wimbledon. Crewe remained in the contest right until the end after Chris Porter gave us a late lifeline with a tidy finish from Chris Long’s excellent assist but we couldn’t quite muster another real chance to perhaps snatch an unlikely point.
The game looked over after Ollie Palmer slipped home a penalty with a minute of the first half remaining and the way the Dons started the second half, it looked as though they were going to run away with things – but credit the Alex who defended our goal well enough to actually win the second half 1-0. Of course, it isn’t enough and Artell says that players performing below par didn’t help over the course of 90 minutes.
The Alex boss told the club’s official website: “We needed to make better decisions on the ball and that was everyone on the night at various times but we also had three or four who performed below their own standards. There were some who didn’t reach the standards that they have set themselves.
“When you have three or four who don’t reach their levels then it makes it a tough night, home or away. Now we have to dust ourselves down and go again at Ipswich at the weekend.”