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Boss takes the positives from draw on the road

15 January 2023

Lee Bell says he will take ‘loads of positives’ from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town.

The Railwaymen grabbed a share of the spoils thanks to Kelvin Mellor’s second-half stunner, which cancelled out George Maris’s opener for Town.

Bell said: “It was hard-earned, and I thought we showed good control through the game.

“Mansfield are a good team but I felt relaxed on the sidelines when they were putting balls in our box, the boys showed great attitude to see those moments out.

“On another day, we’d get three points if we’d done a bit better in the final third. But there were loads of positives to take. 

“The lads are having their own goal-of-the-season competition. I’ve said we can’t rely on worldies, but we’ve had two worldies which have earned us four points since the turn of the year. 

New signing Elliott Nevitt made his debut for Crewe, and looked sharp and threatening throughout the 90 minutes.

And keeper Dave Richards made his first league start of the campaign, after loan man Arthur Okonkwo returned to parent club Arsenal.

Bell added: “Dave was excellent, the point-blank saves he made in the second-half were excellent.

“He’s first in at the training ground, and last out, every day. I told him his professionalism would put him in a place to be able to churn out a performance like that, so I’m delighted for him. 

“I thought Elliott was excellent, too. You could see what he will bring to the team - a physical presence, he held the ball up well, but we need to get bodies closer to him.

“I’m really delighted with his contribution; we’ve got a decent player.

 


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