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Artell: "A Point Each Was Probably Right"

11 September 2021

David Artell felt that a point apiece was about right at the Mongomery Waters Meadow this afternoon. His Crewe Alexandra side shaded the better of the chances in an entertaining game but it could have been a game we could have lost with Will Jaaskelainen making a decisive late save to deny Ryan Bowman.

Overall, Artell felt a point was a fair result and he was pleased that we certainly looked more of a threat in the opposition final third.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw, the Alex boss said: “I thought a draw was probably a fair result, although I can understand why we are a bit disappointed that we didn’t win.

“It is a results based business but the fact is we played a lot better. We were fine and the improvement was there I think for everyone to see, but without us being brilliant.  I thought we were better in periods of the game, not long periods but periods. We could see relationships forming and we had far more goal mouth action. The relationships and passing moves were better so it is another step in the right direction for us.

“I said to them afterwards that as long as they are receptive to what we are doing, striving to improve and work their socks off then we will get better.

“I thought they all played to a standard and some of them played really well. I thought for their first games, Scott and N’Jeill were very good and there is plenty there to work with.

The boss also saved special praise for the 1,000 plus away fans: “The fans were terrific again. They came in the numbers again and they were outstanding. We need them and we need them like that against Burton at home next week.

“I said to the players beforehand that there will be close to the same following we had a Leeds, so they need to go and put on a performance for them and I think they did. I think the supporters here could appreciate the effort the players put in to try and win the game and on the other hand not to lose it as well.”

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