Tidy Crewe have Artell purring with victory on Teesside

Published by

August 13, 2019 11:51 pm

A proud David Artell felt Crewe deserved to seal a second round trip to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup even before Middlesbrough forced penalties at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro had to come from two goals down to level things in added time at the end of the 90 minutes but League Two Crewe still managed to progress courtesy of a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win on Teesside.

Artell had seen his players hit the break with the lead after Chris Porter’s 41st minute goal was followed by Charlie Kirk’s finish four minutes later.

Middlesbrough, who struggled for an hour, then found their feet more to level when substitute Ashley Fletcher’s 75th minute strike was followed by Marc Bola’s first for the club in the first minute of stoppage-time.

But Crewe, who scored all their spot-kicks, progressed after Britt Assombalonga and Marcus Browne’s poor penalties for Boro left boss Jonathan Woodgate frustrated.

Artell said: “I think we deserved to win in 90 minutes. This was a three-quarter empty stadium and it’s about mental toughness as much as ability.

“We all want to score, we all want to win, we have technical players, they are not scarred because they are young, it’s about believing you are going to score and this was a terrific night’s football from the boys.

“I have just been told about Villa, I am delighted. It was great reward for a big night’s work.

“They brought the big guns on if you like, even though they already had the big guns on, but it showed how good we were. We deserved to win.

“I looked at the team-sheet, we knew there would be changes to Saturday from them. I wasn’t sure how many.

“(Anfernee) Dijksteel, (Marc) Bola, are they any less than (Jonny) Howson? Is (Rudy) Gestede any less than Assombalonga? Maybe tonight but that’s just one night. They are still Championship players. It was our night on the penalties.

Woodgate, who made 10 changes to the team that lost to Brentford in the Championship on Saturday, said: “It was a terrible performance, not what I want from my teams but like I’ve said before we are thin on the ground.

“I told my players before the game if you don’t turn up in any game you’ll get done and we didn’t deserve to win the game.

“I’ll take a couple of pluses from Ashley Fletcher’s performance second half, Paddy McNair, Nathan Wood – but apart from that, not good at all.

“We were really sloppy from the start, really, really sloppy. It was a chance for players to stake a claim in the team and they haven’t done that.”

More News

O’Dea praises influence of the late Tommy Burns as he decides to retire

O’Dea praises influence of the late Tommy Burns as he decides to retire

Dundee defender Darren O’Dea paid tribute to late Celtic manager Tommy Burns as he announced his retirement from full-time football.The…

Derek McInnes: There’s more to come from Sam Cosgrove

Derek McInnes: There’s more to come from Sam Cosgrove

Derek McInnes believes Aberdeen have “only scratched the surface” with striker Sam Cosgrove.The 22-year-old scored a hat-trick in the Dons’…

O’Neill praises Northern Ireland substitutes for rescuing Estonia win

O’Neill praises Northern Ireland substitutes for rescuing Estonia win

Michael O’Neill hailed his super subs after two late goals saw Northern Ireland snatch a 2-1 win over Estonia in…

Michael O’Neill talks up Northern Ireland’s character after comeback win

Michael O’Neill talks up Northern Ireland’s character after comeback win

Michael O’Neill believes the spirit and togetherness of his Northern Ireland side earned them their vital late victory over Estonia…

Jermain Defoe scores hat-trick as Rangers run riot against Hibernian

Jermain Defoe scores hat-trick as Rangers run riot against Hibernian

Jermain Defoe’s hat-trick rounded off a jubilant week for Rangers as they mauled 10-man Hibernian 6-1 at Ibrox.Steven Gerrard’s team…

Kyren Wilson battles back to beat Barry Hawkins

Kyren Wilson battles back to beat Barry Hawkins

Kyren Wilson rose to the occasion to reel off back-to-back centuries and seal a 13-11 victory over Barry Hawkins in…

Aston Villa sign Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton

Aston Villa sign Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton

Aston Villa have completed the signing of goalkeeper Tom Heaton from Burnley.The 33-year-old moves to Villa Park for an undisclosed…

Welcome to Yorkshire keen to host Vuelta and Tour de France in next six years

Welcome to Yorkshire keen to host Vuelta and Tour de France in next six years

Welcome to Yorkshire is pushing ahead with bids to host the Vuelta a Espana and bring the Tour de France…

Georginio Wijnaldum catches fan tweeting about him on easyJet flight

Georginio Wijnaldum catches fan tweeting about him on easyJet flight

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has caught a fan tweeting about him on an easyJet flight.The Netherlands international filmed the fan…

Tottenham outfox Leicester to maintain title bid as Vardy misses from spot

Tottenham outfox Leicester to maintain title bid as Vardy misses from spot

Tottenham kept themselves in the Premier League title race with a 3-1 win over Leicester, who saw Jamie Vardy miss…

Football rumours from the media

Football rumours from the media

What the papers sayThe Mirror says Arsenal are refusing to give up on signing Wilfried Zaha and are preparing a…

McIntyre making plans for next season

McIntyre making plans for next season

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre insists he is not fearing for his job ahead of his scheduled meeting with managing director…

Guardiola demands more from City, despite routine win over Huddersfield
Guardiola demands more from City, despite routine win over Huddersfield

Manchester City smashed through the 100-goal barrier this season in their 3-0 win at managerless Huddersfield – but boss Pep…

Jonny Evans backs Harry Maguire to make similar impact to Virgil Van Dijk
Jonny Evans backs Harry Maguire to make similar impact to Virgil Van Dijk

Leicester defender Jonny Evans has backed Harry Maguire to be a Manchester United hit and believes he can have a…

Ivorian star won’t say Seri for performances in Egypt
Ivorian star won’t say Seri for performances in Egypt

Jean Michael Seri has brushed off criticism of his performances for Ivory Coast ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations…

Holland set up World Cup final against United States with extra-time win
Holland set up World Cup final against United States with extra-time win

Holland booked their place in Sunday’s World Cup final after a 1-0 extra-time win over Sweden.A goal from Manchester United’s…

Liverpool’s Champions League hero Origi counting on one more twist in title race
Liverpool’s Champions League hero Origi counting on one more twist in title race

Striker Divock Origi has played a pivotal, if limited, role in Liverpool’s season and, after the drama of a Champions…

Klopp had not considered Liverpool needing to win remaining 11 matches
Klopp had not considered Liverpool needing to win remaining 11 matches

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has not considered the prospect of having to win their final 11 matches to…

Southgate hails England’s mentality
Southgate hails England’s mentality

Gareth Southgate believes his group made a mental leap at the Nations League as England’s attention turns to Euro 2020…

5 of Liverpool’s greatest comebacks
5 of Liverpool’s greatest comebacks

Liverpool’s remarkable 4-0 comeback win to overcome Spanish champions Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate to reach the Champions League final was…

‘A special place in our hearts’ for Jose Antonio Reyes – Arsenal
‘A special place in our hearts’ for Jose Antonio Reyes – Arsenal

Arsenal hailed Jose Antonio Reyes’ “special place” in Gunners’ history after the 35-year-old died in a car crash.Reyes’ old club…

Paul Jubb handed Wimbledon wild card after NCAA success
Paul Jubb handed Wimbledon wild card after NCAA success

Paul Jubb will make his debut at Wimbledon after being awarded a wild card.The 19-year-old from Hull shot to prominence…

Mybetting Deals Tools

Surebet by BetBurger

Surebet by BetBurger

BetBurger is a service focusing on arbitrage bets, also known as sure bets. As stated by themselves, it turns sports betting into an investment, allowing you to gain profits on a broad variety of betting options. In fact, the service...

Matched Betting by OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey is among the top-rated matched betting services. They provide an elaborate range of features to enhance your profits with the best sports betting offers. The primary benefit of the service of OddsMonkey is daily access to the latest sports...

Live Sport Results and Statistics

Live Scores

Always keep ahead of the sports betting game with our real time results and statistics!

2000+ Free Slots

Play the best online slots and your favourites from the biggest developers for free right here!