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Artell: "We Have To React Better To Set-Backs"

16 October 2021

David Artell has left frustrated and disappointed after a poor overall performance from his side saw them beaten 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town.

The Alex boss wouldn’t be drawn on the key moment in the game when the referee could have shown Fleetwood defender and goalscorer of the game’s second goal, Andrew a red card just after the hour mark.

Following the 3-0 defeat loss, Artell told the club’s official website: “I thought it wasn’t a particularly high quality game. I didn’t think it was a high intensity game either. We have conceded a poor first goal where we haven’t got the marking sorted out.

“The second goal wasn’t a free-kick from a player who shouldn’t have been on the pitch to take it but that is all I want to say about that. So we have conceded from two set pieces and the third goal was a break away goal.

“It wasn’t really about that. When you suffer set-backs in football and in life, it is about how you react and I thought some of our lads reacted really poorly. What I’ve taken today is that we have to react a lot better to going a goal down. At that point I didn’t think there was very much in the game.

“We should have also made better decisions in the final third of the pitch but going one goal down should not be the knockout blow it was today. It can’t happen and it sort of spiralled from there.

The boss added: “We have had a good chat afterwards. Everyone has had their opinion and it was open dialogue. I think we will better for it going forward.”

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