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Artell: "Lessons Have Been Learned From Conceding That Late Goal Last Week"

29 October 2021

David Artell believes that his players will have learned a valuable lesson after conceding that late goal at Wycombe Wanderers last weekend.

Our eagerness to try and go for the win ourselves saw us attempt to play out from the back deep into stoppage time and the home side conjured up a 97th minute winner themselves from a throw in and a cross into our box.

Artell spoke of his frustration afterwards, but says that it is all about learning from the experience and taking that into their game for future reference.

Artell told the club’s official website: “We went through the clips as a group and mainly it was positive about the good football we played.

“I would like to think that the individuals that attempted to do that in the 95th minute when the officials had put up five minutes of stoppage time would refrain from doing that again. Of course, it was frustrating and it sends me grey and all that, but I am sure they will learn from it. They should learn from it as a team.

“It is about trying to educate them and make them better players, so they make better decisions in the heat of the battle. I don’t want to squash them and temper their desire to play with no fear.

“They understood the case we made to them. I had an FA representative with me on Saturday at Wycombe and when I chatted with him afterwards, he told me that I was very dignified with the players in the dressing room afterwards.

“I am not sure if he was surprised or shocked by it but I try to treat the players with great respect. I think I am dignified with them. There is no point losing my rag with them because we have made mistake and conceded a 97th minute goal. It doesn’t matter if it is the 78th minute or 8th minute, you have to approach it in a sensible, calm and methodological way.

He added: “Of course, there are times when emotion does come out but I try not to manage like that. I would like to think that what I say to them is considered and they can see that it is being said to try and help them.”

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