Yates: Everyone needs to stand up and be counted

Crawley Town V Accrington Stanley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150927-231038008
Crawley Town V Accrington Stanley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150927-231038008

Mark Yates has said everyone needs to stand up and be counted after Crawley Town’s dismal defeat to Accrington Stanley this afternoon.

Reds remain without a home win and in the League Two relegation places after their 3-0 reverse.

Crawley Town V Accrington Stanley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150927-231321008

Crawley Town V Accrington Stanley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150927-231321008

A straight red card to Luke Rooney on the stroke of half-time as he gave away a penalty saw Josh Windass put the visitors 1-0 ahead.

Deep in added time, Matty Crooks doubled the lead, before Billy Kee netted a third late in the second half.

Yates said: “They are high on confidence and we are low on confidence coming into the game. We are getting a foothold in it and then comes the sending off.

“Both our team talks changed at half-time, but we have got to be better in certain situations.

“They players have to stand up and be counted and I’ll stand up and be counted, no problem.

“I’ll be doing all I can to turn it round.”

On the performance, Yates said: “How can I say anything worked positively today when we have been beaten at home again.

“We were relatively pleased with the first 40 minutes, we would have liked more chances, we would have liked more shots at goal, but I felt we could grow into the game.

“You have got to remember the players are a little bit low on confidence, we are having to try and get them at it.

“We are having to get their heads up and that’s what happens when you have lost a couple of games on the bounce.

“I felt we could have had a good second half, but it didn’t materialise. I would have liked to have said, ‘well done in the second half’, but the third goal sums us up as well.

“Everything at the moment the players seem to think is going against us, but the only way we are going to do anything about it is work even harder, stick together and do something about it.

“We have had a good chat in there. I am quite happy them saying their piece and the whole group has contributed. Everyone needs to do more, everyone.”

On the red card, he added: “Jon Ashton has a pretty poor tackle to be fair and I am not after their lad to be sent off, but Luke Rooney gets sent off for that and Jon Ashton is in a pot and unable to carry on from a pretty poor tackle.

“It doesn’t seem to be particularly clever.”

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