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Artell: "A Crazy 10 Minutes Has Cost Us"

12 November 2021

David Artell said that a crazy ten minutes at the beginning of the second half killed our hopes of recording that first league away win of the season. Crewe had contained Bolton Wanderers in the first half and limited them to only a handful of half chances but we shot ourselves in the foot when conceding a penalty just five minutes into the second period.

A close range tap in from Bakayogo gave Bolton the cushion of a 2-0 lead and although we didn’t conjure up too many clear cut chances of our own on the night, teenager Zac Williams drew a good save with a diving header and Madger Gomes went awfully close with an excellent half volley that hit the post and rebounded back out. 

Following the 2-0 defeat to Bolton, the Crewe manager told us: “A crazy ten minutes from us has cost us the game. We had frustrated them in the first half and the shape was good. They had a couple of crosses that flashed across the box and Trig had one or two things to do but I thought we were fairly comfortable.

“Granted, we could have been better in possession but their crowd were frustrated when we came off at half-time but we couldn’t carry that on and we gave away two awful goals from our point of view. It was two poor mistakes from our point of view and we cannot give goals away like that.

“At the minute, we are letting negative thoughts come in. They got booed off at half time and if that is not an incentive to say we are frustrating them and doing the right thing then I don’t know what is.

“You carry on doing what we do, it becomes more open and you go on and win the game but a crazy 10 minutes cost us. If you make mistakes like that then you get punished.

“The positive was Zac Williams. For a 17-year-old making his league debut, he was outstanding. He should have scored with his header but he was virtually mistake free. I thought our shape was good, especially in the first half but we have to be better in possession and exploit the opposition when we get into good positions. “

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