Artell wants Crewe to replicate their home form on the road after win over Town

Posted Sunday, September 02, 2018 by PA

Artell wants Crewe to replicate their home form on the road after win over Town

David Artell called on his Crewe players to replicate their home form on their travels after a convincing 3-0 win over Macclesfield.

Jordan Bowery scored twice and was a dominant presence in the air, while Charlie Kirk netted a superb opener to set the Railwaymen on their way to a comfortable victory.

Crewe have three clean sheets in front of their own fans but have failed to score in losing all three of their games away from Gresty Road.

Artell said: “We’ve not conceded a goal at home in the league and that has got to continue. But we’ve got to transfer that into away games so we are not under pressure to win games at home.

“There were some excellent performances and Jordan was immense all game. We played on the front foot and didn’t let them off the hook in the first half.

“But we had to dig in in the second half as they changed their shape and we found it difficult at times. The irony is we played better at Carlisle (a 1-0 loss) and probably created more chances there.”

Had it not been for Kieran O’Hara, the margin of the Railwaymen’s victory would have been greater. The on-loan Manchester United keeper used his arms and legs to thwart Artell’s side on a number of occasions, twice denying Bowery.

But he was left clawing thin air when Kirk curled a lofted finish into the far corner after 16 minutes.

Macclesfield’s build-up play was neat but they were let down by their finishing.

A prime example of this was debutant Jordan Ponticelli side-footing Malachi Napa’s cutback into the arms of Ben Garratt.

The on-loan Coventry youngster was stretchered off with a knee injury soon after and Macclesfield’s fortunes worsened when Bowery apply a headed finish to Kirk’s cross for Crewe’s second five minutes before the break.

Substitute Nathan Blissett shot tamely at Garratt after the break when Macclesfield went more direct. They relied on O’Hara’s agility again when Bowery went through and the keeper diverted his effort with his legs.

Inevitably there was a second goal for the former Chesterfield and Aston Villa frontman as he finished off a flowing move by heading in Jones’ cross after 68 minutes.

Macclesfield are still seeking their first win and manager Mark Yates admitted his side need to tighten up.

“I’d like to apologise for our first-half performance,” said Yates. “We are giving ourselves a mountain to climb in games. We’ve got some good footballers but we are conceding too many soft goals.

“Bowery caused us a lot of problems. Crewe whacked a lot of balls up to him and he won every one in the air. Our keeper was having to make too many saves.

“We weren’t good enough from one to 11 and we’ve drawn a line under that and had a good chat.”


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