David Artell’s on-man mission to wind-up Port Vale fans has continued as he claimed that Vale’s man of the match Leon Legge “got away with murder”
Legge scored the winner for Vale in the 1-0 win and also cleared an effort off the line. Crewe boss Artell declined to elaborate on his claim during a post-match interview.
He commented: “When we get up there we are making Leon Legge – who got away with murder, I won’t go into that, I won’t – we made him look a million dollars and that was the same as what he was when he came here with Cambridge.”
Many Vale fans would be tempted to ask Artell to either put up or shut up – and that if he feels Legge was competing unfairly either tell the media what the player did wrong or inform the match officials. Otherwise his comments tend to look like simply hot air and those of a sour loser.
It’s not the first time Artell has enraged Vale fans. Artell, who was the sole player to leave when the club’s financial issues arose in the summer of 2012, also courted controversy last season when he called Vale fans “not that well educated”. He later clarified his comments claiming that he was referring to fans being uneducated in the laws of the game.
Many Vale fans will feel the Crewe boss has failed to learn from last season about how to treat your opponents with more respect.
In contrast, Neil Aspin concentrated on his own team’s performance and said that “I am really proud of the players. They have given me everything and given the supporters everything and I thought we thoroughly deserved to win the game.”