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Boss: "Our Game Management Had To Be Better In The Closing Minutes"

25 October 2021

Alex kicked themselves in the foot by surrendering possession when looking for a late winner ourselves.

After Saturday’s harsh 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, David Artell admitted that his side’s youthful exuberance proved costly in the closing minutes at Adams Park. After drawing level through Tom Lowery with 13 minutes left on the clock, the Alex didn’t settle for a point and tried to mount attacks to try and win their first away game of the season.

Crewe surrendered possession in the closing minutes and after Wycombe worked a throw-in, their centre half Ryan Tafazolli guided his volley past Will Jaaskelainen for a killer winner in the 97th minute.

Artell told the club’s official website: “That was about game management. That was our young naivety coming through. On one hand it is brilliant that they are still looking to win a game of football and entertain and score again, especially against Wycombe away from home, but they have to learn from what happened. I want them to learn.

“If there was anyone who should have gone on and won the game it was us, but football has a habit of kicking you in the stomach when you don’t deserve it. I thought a draw would have been a fair result but it didn’t happen for us. We are stood here after playing well but with no points to show for it.

“We played fine and there were a lot of positives to take from the performance. We should have scored more than the one goal we did score and their goalkeeper (David Stockdale) made some good saves from Rio Adebisi and Madger Gomes.

Artell added: “There were things we could have done better football wise and the game management in stoppage time is one of them.”

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