Artell rues a missed chance for

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John McDougall

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.”

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