Two first half goals saw Crewe fall to an opening day defeat against Charlton in League 1.
Crewe went close to opening the scoring in the first minute with a Perry Ng shot narrowly going over the bar from almost 25 yards out.
Alfie Doughty opened the scoring for The Addicks on 24 minutes with a move which began in Charlton’s own half, Doughty took the ball on the right hand corner of the 18 yard box and finished clinically into the far corner of the Crewe goal.
Charlton, relegated from the Championship were in control for the majority of the game and the result never really looked in doubt once they took the lead.
Crewe had a couple of chances to score but Ng ballooned a shot over the bar and the busy Owen Dale headed down from a corner.
Conor Washington, a summer recruit for Charlton doubled the lead for Lee Bowyer’s men with a volley from the edge of the six yard box just before the break. Washington finished the scrappy move with the ball falling to him after Adedeji Oshilaja headed into his path.
Crewe’s best chances fell to new signing Mikael Mandron. Who can be happy with his league debut for The Railwaymen
A fantastic save from Charlton keeper Ben Amos denied a first league goal for Crewe striker early in the second half.
Mandron was thwarted again but this time by the post after a pass from Charlie Kirk.
Former Crewe favourite Chuks Aneke made an appearance late in the second half and put in a typical strong display.
Artell fetched on Callum Ainley for Luke Murphy who returned to Crewe this summer.
Chasing the game Artell fetched on Offrande Zanzala for his league debut and Josh Lundsram with 15 minutes to go but Crewe couldn’t get the breakthrough needed.
Artell’s men can take some positives from the games but will need to be more clinical going forward although they are likely to face easier tests the Charlton this season.