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"The Best We Have Played As A Team"

26 October 2021

Gaffer says football is getting there after promising showing at Wycombe

David Artell has told the club’s official website that he felt his Crewe Alexandra side produced some of their best football of the season in the performance at Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend. Crewe lost 2-1 with the winning goal coming deep into stoppage time and although it was a huge blow to suffer another defeat on the road, the Alex boss was encouraged by the manner of the performance.

Crewe had deservedly drawn level through substitute Tom Lowery and certainly didn’t settle for a point as we went searching for a late winner ourselves. Perhaps our over indulgence cost us a point in the end with Wycombe scoring in the 97th minute but Artell was lifted by his players’ application against one of the strongest sides in the division.

Artell told “I watched Wycombe against Gillingham and they scored two early goals and the game was over. They did the same against Doncaster, when they started quickly again, so we were cautious of that.

“We needed to stand up to that early on and we did that in the first half. They have scored a deflected goal from a free-kick that should have been awarded to us first but I was pleased with way we reacted in the second half

“I thought our football was magnificent from 50, 55 minutes until the last five minutes really when they had their barrage from set-pieces and corners but again we were defending well.

“There were some real positives to take from the performance. I thought the football was even better than it was against Plymouth and Rotherham. We played better for longer and the challenge is to make it even longer.

“I felt that we had more control of the game than we have had all season. It was the best we have played as a team and if we play like that and improve on one or two things then we will be fine.

The boss added: “We tried to play the right way and we are improving. If we would like that improvement to come more quickly? Than of course that is a yes but we have to keep striving to get better and we will get there.”

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