Bowery’s late blast stops rot for Alex
DAVID Artell challenged his Crewe side to build on their last-gasp win over Stevenage after stopping the rot at the Alexandra Stadium.
Jordan Bowery struck deep into stoppage time to end Crewe’s five-match losing streak in the league after Boro’s Matt Godden missed a first-half penalty.
Though Artell reserved special praise for his match winner, he felt his side’s display showed they don’t lack confidence despite their miserable recent record.
“When you’ve lost as many as we have, you’ve got to stop the rot,” he said. “It could have been 0-0 stops the rot, but it’s even better when it’s a 1-0. We’ve got to make sure we build on this.
“The last few results that we’ve had, Bowery has been a real standout and I’m delighted he’s got a goal to cap off another good performance from him.
“Today’s performance shows that we weren’t lacking any confidence or real belief because they kept plugging away.”
Stevenage’s Dale Gorman gifted possession to George Cooper inside a minute and he found Chris Dagnall, who fired straight at Joe Fryer.
Cooper drilled wide from outside the box after 10 minutes before later blasting over following a slick Crewe counterattack. But Crewe were hit on the break themselves when Godden went down under Zoumana Bakayogo’s challenge and Trevor Kettle pointed to the spot in the 28th minute, but the striker drilled a poor penalty straight at Dave Richards.
Danny Newton’s 35th minute strike was chalked off for offside and Dagnall fizzed a low 50th-minute cross which Fryer claimed with Bowery hovering.
Boro could have led with 15 minutes to go when Kyle Wootton darted into the box and found Jonathan Smith but the midfielder rifled over.
And Crewe made Stevenage pay when Conor Grant threaded through to Bowery in a crowded area who turned and slotted past Fryer for a 94th minute winner.
“We’re two seconds from getting that point but we haven’t been able to maintain that concentration and we’ve been punished,” said Stevenage boss Darren Sarll.
“I didn’t think we were great. I can only talk for my own football team and I don’t think we were particularly imposing on the game as we have been.
“Our performance levels were nowhere near the levels that we’ve reached lately.”
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