Crewe Alexandra Manager Aims To Improve Following Morecambe Loss

Lee Bell has said that his side are eager to get back to their winning ways following Crewe Alexandra‘s loss to Morecambe.

The Cheshire side went 2-0 up through goals from Elliot Nevitt and Shilow Tracey in either half and look set to stay within 2 points of the top of the league with 20 to go.

But The Shrimps fought back at Gresty Road, scoring three within fourteen minutes to take the lead and condemn The Alex to a first loss in over a month.

Wrexham‘s 4-0 win over Accrington Stanley saw the Welsh club leapfrog Crewe, and knock them out of the automatic places.

Speaking to club media following the defeat, Bell said: “We were in total control up to the 69th minute, and then in five minutes they turned the game on its head and then went on to get a winner.

“Everything we spoke to the players about at half-time played out, in terms of with and without the football. It comes down to individual and collective decision-making, and it has cost us. That shouldn’t happen.

“We are here to win football matches and doing the right things, the basics, would have got us a win.“

Morecambe opened the scoring when new signing Jordy Hiwula flicked the ball back to Joe Adams, with Jordan Slew grabbing an equaliser five minutes later.

A Mickey Demetriou own goal sealed Crewe’s fate, with the Lancashire team just three points behind the play-off spots following their win.

On the squad’s response to the loss, Bell added: “We own and enjoy the wins, and now we have to own that defeat. We take it fully on the chin, take responsibility for it, and aim to get better.

“We have 11 games left so as long as we pick up on the areas we need to do better in, we will be fine.

“We have to bounce back next week – we are still in a very good place. We will stick together and have a right good crack at it.”

Alexandra have to wait until Saturday for their next match when they travel to Doncaster Rovers before welcoming Sutton United on the following Tuesday.

Writer’s View

Lee Bell is seemingly very disappointed at the collapse of his side in the final stages against Morecambe. It was largely against the run of play too, but The Shrimps made them pay in the key moments go claim a memorable comeback win.

The 41-year-old said it was a collective responsibility over the defeat, hinting at the unity he has professed in the squad in recent months. Bell has put The Railwaymen into a brilliant spot going into the final matches, and are probably a lock-in for at least the play-offs. Two fairly easy games on paper over the next week or so should put them back towards their automatic chasing aspirations.


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Third-year Journalism Student at Salford University. Writing mainly about League Two.

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