Artell backs Finney goal to go viral after Crewe thump Stevenage

Posted Sunday, December 22, 2019 by PA

Artell backs Finney goal to go viral after Crewe thump Stevenage

Crewe boss David Artell has predicted that one of his side’s goals in a 5-1 demolition of sorry Stevenage will go viral.

Oliver Finney’s flying first-half header helped Alex establish a grip on the game and they never let go – a four-game unbeaten league run sending them soaring to third.

The Cheshire men are now five points behind leaders Swindon with a game in hand.

“That second goal will make some great social media clips, it was terrific,” Artell said.

“I don’t know much about those things but it’ll definitely go viral.

“I told the boys at half-time we should be four or five up already and that if we carried on getting those chances we had to put them away and we did that.

“I’m absolutely delighted for the lads, it was a great result.

“It was a fantastic performance. We should have been more clinical in the first half, but we’ve finished with five goals and that’s a fantastic haul.

“We’re playing some amazing football at times and it’s a great start to a very busy period for us.”

Stevenage shipped two goals in three first-half minutes – Chuma Anene’s close-range strike followed by Finney’s pearler – to set the tone for a miserable display.

Anene, on loan from Denmark’s FC Midtjylland, added to his tally in the second half.

Stevenage defender Scott Cuthbert scored an unwanted double in the closing stages, turning a Harry Pickering cross into his own net before adding a consolation at the right end.

Lamex Stadium boss Mark Sampson did not hold back in his criticism of his side, who are now two points adrift at the bottom of the Sky Bet League Two table.

“They were far too good for us,” conceded Sampson.

“Straight away we have to apologise to every supporter who has made the effort at this time of year to come out and support their team.

“Money is tight and family time is important and they have spent their Saturday supporting their team, which they have done all year.

“For us to produce a performance like that for them is unacceptable.

“From me personally, I give them a huge apology, it’s not good enough.

“At this time of year we need to at least show some desire and fight to show we at least care about making our supporters happy.

“We haven’t shown that and there’s a huge apology to the supporters who have bought a ticket to this game.

“We weren’t good enough, we weren’t at the races and we’ve got to be better.

“We conceded two goals in a short space of time and it took us a long time to get back into the swing of things.”


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