Midfielder looks forward to today's clash at Victoria Park
Midfielder Simon Walton heads back to his former club Hartlepool on Saturday determined that Reds make up for their disappointing midweek result at Morecambe.
Crawley suffered a somewhat harsh 3-1 defeat at the Globe Arena but they were back on the coach first thing on Friday to make the even longer 600-mile round trip to Victoria Park.
When we get there Simon will know what to expect, having played 82 times for the Pools between 2012-14, scoring five goals.
He said: “I enjoyed my time there although there aren’t too many lads who are there now. There’s been quite a big turnaround in players. But it’s a good club
and I was pleased they managed to stay up last season – Ronnie Moore went in and did a good job and they’ve made a much better start this season.”
After back to back home wins Reds were looking to continue their good form in these two long-distance away trips. One opportunity has gone but today is a chance to end the week on a high.
“Travelling to Morecambe midweek isn’t ideal. The coach didn’t get back to Crawley until 4.30am and we’re back on the bus first thing Friday. But you get used to it. We prepared well for Morecambe and we’ll do the same on Saturday,” he added.
“I think we’ll play worse in games than we did on Tuesday and get results. There wasn’t too much wrong with a lot of the performance, but we do need to get out of this habit of conceding soft goals. We’re not making teams work hard enough to score against us which is hugely frustrating.”
As well as the squad it’s a long week too for the travelling supporters, but the effort made by fans to go to Morecambe and Hartlepool is appreciated by Simon and the squad.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Our fans made most of the noise on Tuesday and we’re only sorry that we couldn’t give them something to celebrate at the end. We do appreciate the effort they make because it’s difficult in terms of the cost and taking time off as well. We are determined to get a result today and kick on from there.”