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Manager John Yems and wing-back Nick Tsaroulla react to the Reds' 2-1 win over Bradford City.

25 September 2021

Yems and Tsaroulla praise full team of Man of the Match performances

Speaking in his post-match interview, Crawley Town manager John Yems was full of plaudits for his side following their 2-1 win over Bradford City: “Good win, tough game, credit to all the players, not just the ones who played, but all of them. It was a good, proper squad performance.

“You think about how we had a ten-man game on Tuesday and then you come up against a big club like Bradford and put in a performance like that in?! A bit of squeaky bum time in the last couple of minutes but that’s what it’s all about,” he said proudly.

Goals from Will Ferry and Nick Tsaroulla helped the Reds to all three points and Tsaroulla echoed his manager’s thoughts after the game: “It's brilliant, a great feeling, credit to all the lads! We dug in and, again, it wasn’t an easy win, they’re a tough team but everyone can be really proud of themselves today. There are 11-star men out there and I’m so proud of all of us and we’re looking on to the next game, we’ve got such a talented team.”

When asked about his goal, another beauty from 20 yards, the left-back modestly replied: “I learnt from my Colchester one that went just over the bar, so I remembered to keep this low but it’s just great to help the team.

“The gaffer’s just been playing with me about my defending but it’s something that I’ve been working on and hopefully I’ve proved today, and in other games as well, that I can’t just go forward but I can defend with my life too.”

“Yes, to be honest with you but sometimes we’re urging him to get back and defend properly,” Yems said, “but he’s a young player. It’s very difficult when you’re dealing with youngsters because you don’t want to take away what they have naturally, but you need to fit them into the team to win games. However, you can’t fault him [Nick Tsaroulla] at all today."

The two interviewees were again in agreement when discussing the fans and thanked them for their support. Yems said: “I keep saying about our fans, they are what they are, and they do pull you through and they know we’re having a go. I’m not saying we’re going to be winning leagues but we’re having a good go at doing something.”

“It’s lovely, they give us their time and we want to repay them,” Tsaroulla remarked, “they come to support us, and repaying them with wins like this is brilliant.”

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