David Artell was full of praise for his Crewe Alexandra players after dominating a sorry Morecambe side this afternoon.
The Alex are back in the automatic promotion places following the comfortable victory, which boasted an Oliver Finney brace – one four different scorers.
After the 4-1 loss away to Northampton Town last time out, such a dominant display against the Shrimps was refreshing for Alex fans, and especially the Crewe manager.
Artell, who turned 39 yesterday, said: “It’s pleasing when you play like that, we’ve got some good players and we were terrific.
“We hit the post multiple times, we had shots blocked and blocked and blocked again. Oli [Finney] even missed a sitter at the end of the first half.
“5-0 actually flattered Morecambe. It could have been a lot worse for them, I can’t actually remember them having a touch in the box.”
The Railwaymen were firing on all cylinders throughout the afternoon, with goals from four different scorers.
Oliver Finney started the party, nodding in Ryan Wintle’s cross, before Tom Lowery’s deflected effort from the edge of the area doubled Crewe’s advantage. Sam Lavelle then saw red after flying into Harry Pickering.
Charlie Kirk cut in from the left and curled an emphatic strike into the far corner for three before half-time, and Ryan Wintle added further brilliance to Crewe’s performance with a stunning long-range effort of his own.
Finney then wrapped up the game as he started it, by slotting home for five in injury time; a convincing win against a Morecambe side who had hardly a glimmer all game.
The manager promoted Oli Finney into the starting 11 today, and Artell was left impressed by the youngster.
He said: “He looked like a good footballer. He’s had to be very patient, probably too patient.
“He hasn’t moaned, he hasn’t sulked, he kept scoring for the under-23’s and he’s going to have a future. Has he got things to work on? Lots; he’s not the finished article and it took us a while to get him ready.
“We’ve got a competitive midfielder. He got his start today and he did ever so well.”
Finney added: “I found out I was playing yesterday and I was just excited really, I haven’t had a lot of game time.
“It has been difficult, but you’ve got to keep training. The lads have done so well which stopped me playing a bit, but I was back in today, I scored two, and I’m very happy with the three points.
“The goals are a massive boost confidence-wise; that’s what I’m here for.”