Crawley boss Drummy: 'We had the better chances but gave away sloppy goals against Exeter'

Crawley Town head coach Dermot Drummy bemoaned his side's missed chances and tendency to give away sloppy goals.
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Crawley Town head coach Dermot Drummy bemoaned his side's missed chances and tendency to give away sloppy goals. Picture by JON RIGBY

Crawley Town head coach Dermot Drummy believes his side could have been in front at half-time against Exeter City if they had taken one of their most attractive chances.

Dean Cox twice created threatening moments which were nearly put away by topscorer James Collins.

Crawley Town striker James Collins shoots during the first half.
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Crawley Town striker James Collins shoots during the first half. Picture by JON RIGBY

Then Jimmy Smith combined with Enzio Boldewijn but keeper Bobby Olejnik caught his attempted lob.

Drummy said: "We had the better chances in the first half, I wouldn't say we were the better side in terms of possession. We were playing from back to front, very rudimentary.

The Reds boss praised opponents Exeter City for their continuity and winning form.

He said: "You can see they are a side which has been together. They are on a good run.

Crawley's Dean Cox battles for the ball with Exeter's Jack Stacey

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Crawley's Dean Cox battles for the ball with Exeter's Jack Stacey Picture by JON RIGBY

"When you give a goal away within five minutes, you give the onus to the other team.

"It's sloppy defending. We did huff and puff and Payney (Josh Payne) might have nicked a draw at the end, which would have been fortuitous.

"On the whole our quality of passing has to be better."

Crawley's Kaby Djalo defends against an Exeter attack

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Crawley's Kaby Djalo defends against an Exeter attack Picture by JON RIGBY

Crawley Town substitute Rhys Murphy battles with Exeter City's Troy Brown

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Crawley Town substitute Rhys Murphy battles with Exeter City's Troy Brown Picture by JON RIGBY