Yates frustrated by Crawley’s second-half showing

Oxford Utd V Crawley Town (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150908-125033008
Oxford Utd V Crawley Town (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150908-125033008

Mark Yates was left frustrated by a Jekyll and and Hyde performance from his side as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to AFC Wimbledon today.

Reds led at half-time through Gwion Edwards’ headed goal before the break during a competitive showing in their first home game of the League Two season.

But the visitors were the much stronger team after the break as they switched to a 4-4-2 formation and profited through an equaliser by Adebayo Akinfenwa and Andy Barcham winner 13 minutes from time.

A disappointed Yates said: “I thought we dominated the first and were excellent and they have dominated us second half and a couple of mistakes and a couple of bad goals we have conceded.

“We are obviously not pleased and we are obviously frustrated. We wanted to make this (Checkatrade.com Stadium) a fortress, starting today.

“I’m disappointed for the players and the staff and supporters. For the first home game, we have gone from at eight out of ten to a four or five out of ten which is disappointing.

“We talked about making sure we were on our guard and making sure that our second-half performance was going to be even better than our first half and unfortunately we failed to deliver that.

“We have to look at ourselves and say, ‘right we need to improve in certain areas’ and we will try and address that.

“I felt the game petered out for us, we did all we could to stay in the game, but they were the dominant ones and on the front foot like we were in the first half and the game has gone out with a bit of a whimper. That’s why I am disappointed.”

“I thought Matt Harrold was really good, particularly first half, we just didn’t give him any service second half. We just literally lumped balls forwards and we are not going to do any good if we play like that.

“I want us to like we were first half, bright and inventive, competitive, I got everything I wanted. Second half I didn’t.

“We have a small tight group and it’s important we stick together and important we bounce back with a positive result on Tuesday.”

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