Artell rues a missed chance for
CREWE boss David Artell felt his side had only themselves to blame after letting the lead slip twice against Mansfield.
Chris Porter’s double on his Railwaymen debut was cancelled out by strikes from Danny Rose and David Mirfin in an entertaining opening encounter.
But Alex boss Artell wants to see more from his team and insisted they should have grabbed all three points.
“We could have won it, but give them a bit of credit, they showed a bit of metal to come from one down and turn the game round,” he said.
“But I think we were the victims of our own downfall.
“You’ve got to be men first and foremost in League Two.
“I’d like to think we’ve got footballing men. Did we show it enough today? Probably not. When we did, we looked terrific.
“We shot ourselves in the foot with the second goal especially. It can’t happen.
“I’ve been saying it all pre-season so we need to do a bit of work on that. But I thought overall it was pleasing; we’ve plenty to work on.”
Crewe took the lead on the stroke of halftime when George Cooper’s corner was headed on by Michael Raynes for Porter to nod home.
Mansfield's pressure told when Mal Benning’s cross was met by Rose, whose 55thminute header crept past Ben Garratt and into the net.
But the Railwaymen regained the advantage when Cooper’s superb 63rd-minute cross was headed in by the superb Porter for his second of the game.
The Stags fought back though to level again three minutes later, when Joel Byrom’s teasing freekick was stabbed home by Mirfin.
Rose fizzed a dangerous low cross for Paul Anderson late on but Garrett kept his effort out with his feet, and Crewe could not snatch a winner either with Conrad Logan spreading himself to deny Chris Dagnall in the last minute.
“We had a lot of big performers and when you play like that and you’ve got eight or nine playing like that, you would normally win a game,” said Mansfield boss Steve Evans.
“We have to work harder and stop crosses into our box and defensively, and if we do that, we’ll be fine.
“Both their goals came totally, totally against the run of play.
“Apart from that last couple of minutes where it gets a bit nervy for both of us, we probably go away the more disappointed we’ve not won it.
“But we’ve come away from home and we’ve got a point.”