Crewe's David Artell unhappy with ref Stuart Attwell

Crewe Alexandra captain David Artell
David Artell's contract at Crewe expires at the end of the season

Crewe captain David Artell has accused referee Stuart Attwell of "wanting to be the centre of attention" during the 1-1 draw against Crawley on Saturday.

Attwell sent off Crewe striker Shaun Miller after 15 minutes and turned down three penalty appeals from the Alex.

"For the sending off, I think there's a foul on Shaun just before it, but I can see why he's sent him off," defender Artell told BBC Radio Stoke.

"All the other stuff, it seems like he wants to be the centre of attention."

He continued: "When he's made a slightly contentious decision against the home team, he needs to get out of the limelight a little bit.

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"Especially after the Gary Cahill one for Bolton, you'd like to think he'd have a quiet afternoon, but he didn't have one."

Crewe stretched their unbeaten run to four matches, despite playing for 75 minutes with 10 men against the League Two leaders.

On-loan striker Wes Fletcher put the Alex ahead early on, although his first goal for the club was cancelled out by Matt Tubbs shortly after Miller's red card.

"The crowd that was here, including the Crawley fans, could see that every player in a red shirt and wore it with pride," said Artell.

"Some people may be critical that it's only a point at home, but after the way the match went, it felt like a win to be honest."

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