Artell has first point but waits for a win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Les Scott

DAVID ARTELL picked up his first point as a man­ager as Crewe shared the spoils against a doughty Chel­tenham side.

But he was left won­der­ing how it wasn’t all three as Crewe’s win­less run stretched to ten games.

A lack of a goal ended those hopes, but Artell was heart­ened by the dis­play of his young charges who were the dom­i­nant side in this en­ter­tain­ing stale­mate.

“I’m left won­der­ing why it wasn’t three points. If it was a box­ing match it would have been stopped,” said Artell.

“It was a point, a clean sheet and the best we have played for a long time.

“We cre­ated chances galore and had Chel­tenham on the back foot for most of the game but we don’t have enough qual­ity in that fi­nal third. We gave it a right good go and I think the fans en­joyed our at­tack­ing and pos­i­tive ap­proach to the game.

“We should have had a penalty first half but we should not be re­ly­ing on that. We cre­ated plenty of chances and did not take one. So guess what we shall be work­ing on this week?”

Crewe dom­i­nated the first pe­riod with Ge­orge Cooper prov­ing a real hand­ful for the Robins rear­guard. Scott Brown de­nied Char­lie Kirk and Ge­orge Ray prior to pro­duc­ing a fine one-handed save to deny Cooper’s shot from the left.

The home side had valid claims for a penalty waved away when Will Boyle pulled Chris Dag­nall’s shirt as Chel­tenham fought valiantly to con­tain a ram­pant Alex.

Crewe picked up the same script in the sec­ond half but for all their dom­i­nance lacked a qual­ity fin­ish. The clos­est they came to break­ing the dead­lock was Cooper’s su­perb curl­ing shot from the right which pro­duced an equally su­perb one­handed save from Brown.

In time added on Chel­tenham cre­ated their best two chances and would have stolen all three points had debu­tant Kyle Woot­ton’s header hit the tar­get. “I will be the hap­pier of the two man­agers, I am sure,” said Chel­tenham boss Gary John­son. “We did not play well as a team but credit must go to the play­ers for a fine de­fen­sive dis­play.

“Our back line are very young and I thought they did ex­cep­tion­ally well. That said, Scott Brown showed what a good goal­keeper he is. He not only made out­stand­ing saves but or­gan­ised us from the back.

“We could have nicked it in the end. Over­all, I am happy with the point, it’s some­thing to build on.”

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