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Bell: ‘Take it on the chin and respond quickly’

6 February 2023

Crewe Alexandra must convert their frustration into determination to bounce back when League Two leaders Leyton Orient visit on Tuesday (7.45pm).

That’s according to Manager Lee Bell, who admitted Grimsby Town were worthy of their 3-0 success at Mornflake Stadium over the weekend.

He says Crewe must take the setback ‘on the chin’ and respond against the division’s frontrunners.

Bell said: “I didn’t see that performance coming, I really didn’t. We’ve let the players know how we feel, and we will assess it.

“We just couldn’t get the spark we needed. We tried everything, made five early subs, moved players around, but credit to Grimsby they were brighter than us and played with more energy, and they were well worthy winners. 

“We have to dust ourselves off, take it on the chin and turn it into energy on Tuesday. We can’t allow this derail what we are trying to do. We have to become consistent in terms of performances and results.

“We haven’t got any credit in the bank, so we have to get more consistent to earn that credit. Emotion in football is key, it’s a rollercoaster, and I appreciate the fans' frustrations."

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