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"We dug deep and showed character"

23 April 2017

Reds striker on Carlisle brace, club record and important point

James Collins praised the spirit and character of the side after the 3-3 draw with Carlisle United on Saturday.

His first-half brace took him to 22 goals in all competitions for the season and meant that he became only the second Crawley Town player since 1986 to score 20 league goals in a campaign. The other was Matt Tubbs (37) in 2010-11.

"The first goal left me delighted because I don't score too many like that," he told Reds Player HD.

"It took us a while to regroup after we lost Glenn (Morris) and Mark (Connolly) and whenever you lose two players of their quality it's always going to be difficult.

"We were disappointed that it was level at the break but I thought the lads did well in the end to dig deep, show the character and get a draw against a good side."

It was the captain who rescued a point as Jimmy Smith's last gasp equaliser meant a seventh consecutive season of EFL action for the Reds on a dramatic afternoon at the Checkatrade Stadium.

The forward was keen to emphasise the work that his teammate puts in on the training ground as he came up with the vital leveller late on.

"Credit to Jimmy because he deserves that goal and he works hard on his finishing. He's got the knack of being in the right place at the right time," added Collins.

"The target for me now is to just try and score as many as I can before the season ends, 18 was my best and I've beaten that by four so far so hopefully there's a few more to come."

Reds Player HD subscribers can watch the full interview with the striker here.

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