Yates: We deserved win despite ‘soft’ penalty

Crawley Town  V Leyton Orient - Crawley score their third goal (Pic by Jon & Joe Rigby) SUS-151210-102851008
Crawley Town V Leyton Orient - Crawley score their third goal (Pic by Jon & Joe Rigby) SUS-151210-102851008

Mark Yates reflected on a good month for his side as they ground out a 1-0 win over York City this afternoon.

Simon Walton’s 86th-minute spot kick was the difference between the two teams after Sonny Bradley was felled in the box.

Yates admitted it was a ‘soft’ spot-kick but felt that his side more than deserved the three points in their third straight home win.

He said: “I think it was reward for persevering. I thought we were the more likely side to win the game after the first ten minutes when they started brightly.

“It was an important win, the players said before the game and at half-time when we talked about things with the upheaval they have had with the new manager. They obviously put in performance for the ones who have taken over.

“After the first ten minutes, I felt we were always on the front foot or trying to be and I am just glad that we got the goal.

“We have had a good month, we have shown a lot of signs of improvement and even when we don’t play at our best, we can still grind things out.”

On the penalty, Yates added: “If we were one down, we have not taken advantage of it. Today, we kept a clean sheet and looked pretty solid. I can only remember one save my keeper has made.

“Sonny said it was a definite penalty he got clipped, but from where we were it looked a bit soft and they are probably saying the same things over there, but being 0-0 at the time we have won the game.”

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