John Yems and Jake Hessenthaler praised Tuesday night’s performance at home to Newport County and hope to build on it ahead of Mansfield Town’s visit on Saturday.
Speaking in his post-match interview, Yems began: “one minute of madness cost us a goal but credit to everyone, they put a shift in, every one of them worked their gonads off.” It was Crawley’s best performance in a long time and the boss was full of praise for his side: "it was good, we had the game in our control but credit to them, that’s why they’re at the top. From where we’ve been and where we’re going, we take the four points from the two games but it’s disappointing to not get all three [points tonight].”
This performance was highlighted by the number of chances the home side created but Hessenthaler was slightly happier than his manager about this. The midfielder said: “we’ve had fifteen shots at goal tonight which is really good considering where we’ve been, I think the last two performances have been us at where we want to be.” Whereas the boss rued missed chances: “it’s alright creating but we’ve got to finish them off; Kwesi [Appiah] when he chipped the ‘keeper, he [Joe Day] made a good save from Reece [Grego-Cox]. We’re creating, but credit to everybody for getting on with it. We’re sitting in the dressing room now feeling like we got beaten, that shows close we were, but you build on that against a strong side.”
Like the gaffer, Hessenthaler was pleased with the performance and said in his post-match interview: “it’s a good point. I think that after the performance in the second half, and especially the last ten or 15 minutes, I thought we deserved to win it. They were good in the first half; we know what they were going to be like, and we had to be good in our shape which I thought we were. I think the performance deserved three points tonight.”
“I think they’ve had one shot today and they’ve scored from it which is disappointing. We wanted to keep another clean sheet off the back of Barrow, but the performance has been there, and we can build on it for Saturday."