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Bell: ‘Fans were excellent; everyone was together’

7 January 2023

Lee Bell was full of praise for Crewe Alexandra supporters after his side’s 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon.

The manager was frustrated that his men did not take all three points, after having the better chances against the London outfit.

But he was pleased with the atmosphere in the ground, which was boosted when the club slashed ticket prices to encourage more supporters.

Bell said: “I felt that everyone was together. The crowd were excellent, they stuck with us and I think they could see we were trying to win.

“It made me feel good about the place. It’s a shame we didn’t score for the fans, but they saw a committed performance.  

“I think we should have won the game. We looked the most likely, but the one clear-cut chance that came, we didn’t put away. We need to take our chances when they come along.

“We wanted to win the game and pushed to do that with the changes we made, that was my mindset. But taking a clean sheet at home, in front of a really good crowd, that is positive.”

Bassala Sambou hit the post early in the second half, and he almost nicked a winner at the death, but headed over.

Both chances came from crosses, and Bell says he wants his players to get the ball in the danger area more frequently.

He added: “We want to get the ball in the box more often. Not just chuck it in from too far away, but when we get into the right positions we need to get that delivery in.

"We are definitely getting more bodies in the box, but we need to create more chances for them.

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