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Artell: "We Didn't Deserve That But Football Kicks You In The Stomach'

23 October 2021

Boss says Alex showed inexperience in trying to chase late winner ourselves.

Crewe Alexandra suffered an a cruel defeat to Wycombe this evening thanks to Ryan Tafazolli’s 97th minute winner but David Artell can take some real positives from his side’s overall performance. The Alex boss felt his side deserved at least a point from a difficult game at Adams Park and says that ‘football has a cruel habit of kicking you in the stomach when you don’t deserve it.’

Following the 2-1 defeat, Artell told the club’s official website: “That’s football and we didn’t deserve it but it has happened and we have got to use it as a learning curve. A draw was probably a fair result but football has a habit of kicking you in the stomach when you don’t deserve it.

“We were naive in those closing minutes. We went looking to counter them from their set-piece and it has cost us, so it will certainly be a learning curve, especially for one or two who were responsible for that. In some ways, I don’t want to take that youthful exuberance away from them.

“On one hand, it is a positive that they feel that they can go and score a late winner themselves at a Wycombe side that were in the Championship last season, but we have to learn from it and I want them to learn.

“Footballers are incredibly perceptive. They know when you are lying to them. They know they have played well here and didn’t deserve to lose, especially in that manner. If we play like that every week then we will be fine. We will be hard to beat and we will win a few as well.

"The fans appreciated the way we played. They had every right to have a go at me and the players at Fleetwood but they have applauded us off because they can see the effort the players put in."

On the return of Lowery, the boss said: “It’s brilliant to have him back. He is a good player and I cannot speak highly enough of him. He has trained well and he can play football, so we want to use him because we know his qualities.

“The chairman has spoken to his agent and that is where we are. It’s fantastic, terrific and we know what he offers. He has some work to do with his fitness but you could the difference he made when he came on because he is a good footballer.”  

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