Man of the match Josh Simpson revealed some harsh words from manager Richie Barker prompted their fightback against Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Despite a first minute goal from Simpson, the Reds trailed Graham Turner’s Shrewsbury 2-1 at the break after strikes from Matt Richards and Jon Taylor.
And Barker left his side in no doubt about his verdict on their display at the interval.
Simpson said: “He gave us a kick up the backside, that’s what we needed. We started the second half well but we need to do it for 90 minutes. He is not normally like that but we didn’t play very well. We were not in their faces, we were not pressurising them and were losing individual battles.”
Crawley midfielder Simpson went on to score the leveller in the 81st minute, taking his tally for the season to five.