It doesn’t get any easier for Reds with a trip to second-placed Notts County to come on Tuesday night.
But skipper Jimmy Smith insists the squad can bounce back after Friday night’s 2-1 defeat at Newport County and get a result at Meadow Lane.
It was only Reds’ second League 2 defeat since the end of November and ended a run of three successive victories. Smith scored his fifth goal of the season after Newport had led 2-0 at the break, but despite pressing hard the equaliser wouldn’t come.
“It’s disappointing – we never really got going in the first half and losing the second goal just before half-time left us with a lot to do,” said Jimmy.
“I got us a goal back and I thought the two lads who came on – Thomas and Aryan – gave us a bit of momentum in the second half.
“We pushed and pushed but the equaliser didn’t come so we have to assess where we can improve and look forward to Tuesday night now.”
Notts are likely to provide a contrast in styles to Newport’s more direct approach. So, will that suit a Crawley side who like to play the ball on the deck?
“You have to get used to different styles in this league,” added Jimmy. “Newport are very effective at what they do so fair play to them. Notts will be different but they are flying, although when we played them at home I didn’t think there was much between us.
“We will be back in on Sunday to prepare for Tuesday. It’s going to be tough but I’m sure we will give a good account of ourselves.”
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