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Artell: "Wanted The Performance To Be There And It Was"

6 October 2021

Boss said it would be 'an interesting night' and he was pleased with the players attitude in defeating Wigan.

David Artell was pleased with his side’s performance against Wigan Athletic in the Papa John’s Trophy last night. Crewe won 2-0 thanks to another goal from attacking midfielder Oli Finney and through an own goal from Scott Smith after Chris Porter had done ever so well to head Travis Johnson’s cross back across goal.

After making eight chances from the side that drew with Cambridge at the weekend, Artell was after a positive display from those he gave chances to and he believes he got it.

Artell told the club’s official website: “First and foremost when it comes to games likes these you are after a good performance. Of course the result is important and to qualify and the prize money comes into it but you are really after a positive performance.

“You want to see them doing things you have worked on, you want to them see them playing the right way and making the right decisions. I think we got that from them.

“We learned things from Saturday in that second half and handled it better. It was chalk and cheese really. We really should have been out of sight in the first half. We went in 1-0 up but could have scored a couple more. Oli scored a great goal and then missed a sitter for him and there were one or two other moments as well.

The boss added: “We then had a strong wind in our faces second half but still had some chances and came through it well. We won 2-0 and it could have been a bit more comfortable as well, so it was pleasing.”

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