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Artell: "Incentive Was There To Go And Get Something From The Game"

15 November 2021

Boss was left exasperated by the two goals we conceded in the opening 10 minutes of the second half against Bolton.

David Artell says he was pleased with the way his Crewe Alexandra side defended in the first half on Friday night at Bolton – and that is why he was so disappointed with the two goals we went on to concede in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Luke Offord’s chest back towards his goalkeeper Dave Richards got us into a defensive mess and Bakayogo took full advantage to win a penalty.

The Bolton striker then helped himself to a simple tap-in on 54 minutes after a switch of play undid us down the left hand side.

The avoidable goals angered Artell, who felt that our defensive shape had worked well in the opening 45 minutes and had limited them to just a couple of half chances.

Artell told the club’s official website: “I thought the shape was good in the first half, very good and we had frustrated them. They had one flash across the goal and we had to make one last ditch tackle but other than that I thought we were fairly comfortable.

“We needed to be better in their attacking third and better with the ball but the game plan was working well.

“Then in the opening 10 minutes of the second half we have made two mistakes that have cost us. There are too many negative thoughts in their heads at the minute.

“We had succeeded in frustrating them during the first half. They were booed off at half time and if that is not an incentive to tell them that they are doing a good job and are doing the right thing then there is was.

The boss added: “The goals we conceded were hugely disappointing and we cannot afford to make mistakes like that because you will get punished.”


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