Artell and Alex look ready to grad­u­ate

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ben Rear­don

CREWE boss David Artell be­lieves the fu­ture is bright af­ter Shaun Miller’s dou­ble, for a start­ing XI made up en­tirely of the club’s academy grad­u­ates, earned a fi­nal-day home vic­tory over Chel­tenham.

For­ward Miller opened the scor­ing mid­way through the first half be­fore Ge­orge Lloyd equalised shortly be­fore the break.

But Miller, on loan from Carlisle, struck an ef­fort af­ter the hour to send the Gresty Road faith­ful home happy af­ter se­cur­ing a third straight win, which con­cluded a topsy-turvy sea­son in style.

Artell said: “We have got a squad of play­ers who are blessed and are giv­ing ev­ery­thing for the cause, and when you do that you get a bit of luck. The first goal is a great fin­ish and the sec­ond one is good move­ment and a great fin­ish.

“So it doesn’t sur­prise me that we’ve had an up­turn in for­tune. We were fourth in the form ta­ble go­ing into this game so it’s all about car­ry­ing it on for a whole sea­son, next sea­son.”

Joe Mor­rell’s free­kick from the left was met by the head of Tay­lor Moore, who glanced just wide of the post, in an early open­ing cre­ated by the vis­i­tors.

Crewe led 17 min­utes in when Miller raced onto a high-ball, prof­it­ing from an er­ror by de­fender Jamie Grimes to charge into the area and coolly drill un­der goal­keeper Rhys Lovett into the bot­tom right cor­ner.

Chel­tenham lev­elled 11 min­utes be­fore the break when Mo Eisa’s cross from the right was de­flected into Lloyd’s path, who steered past keeper Ben Gar­ratt.

The Rail­way­men started the sec­ond half stronger, and Miller notched his dou­ble on 62 min­utes when play dropped to him af­ter sub­sti­tute Jor­dan Bow­ery’s shot was thwarted, with the loa­nee quick­est to re­act, bend­ing a right-footed shot low into the bot­tom right cor­ner.

Gary John­son’s Robins looked to pre­serve a point in the Cheshire sun­shine, though Mor­rell and Eisa both saw chances go begging, as Crewe held on to con­clude the cam­paign in 15th po­si­tion.

“You are where you are af­ter 46 games, it’s no use us say­ing we’re go­ing to go into next sea­son and get in the play-offs with this squad as that’s not go­ing to hap­pen,” John­son re­flected.

“I’ve seen what a lot of sup­port­ers have seen that fol­low this club. Some­times you try and pick your best 11 and if you fin­ish up 17th, it’s where you de­serve to be.”

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