Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says that the reaction of the travelling fans at the Priestfield Stadium last night was heartening. The Railwaymen were beaten 1-0 by fellow strugglers Gillingham in a basement battle and Artell was incensed by the penalty award against us that decided the outcome.
The referee pointed to the spot when he had adjudged that Luke Murphy had blocked a shot with his hand, but replays show that the ball had in fact struck the elbow of Luke Offord stood behind him and his arms were down by his stomach at the time.
Crewe responded well to that harsh penalty award and went on to dominant much of the game without finding that deserved leveller.
Artell said of the travelling support: “The fans that have come down here this evening have been absolutely terrific for us again. There were a couple of hundred or so and they have stayed behind and clapped the players off and that speaks volume to me. They have seen their team give it everything and dominate a game for 60, 70 minutes without getting their rewards. We all didn’t get what we deserved.
“Now we have lost the game 1-0 and I understand that because we need to start winning games but if we keep playing as well as that in the second half then we will be fine. I know I keep saying that and I said to the players afterwards that we need to be more effective and make sure we turn that good play into real good chances and goals. We can’t be too nice and we have to get that effectiveness into them.”