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Richie Barker the new manager at Crawley Town watches his side against Brighton & Hove (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Richie Barker the new manager at Crawley Town watches his side against Brighton & Hove (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Richie Barker says he will have to ‘make do’ after missing out on a striker.

The Reds boss was looking at a number of targets before the loan window closed last Friday, leaving him with Gary Alexander, Billy Clarke, John Akinde and on loan Nicky Ajose as his forward options.

“I put together a list of targets, there was more than one because as always you don’t always get your number one target,” he said. “But it wasn’t to be so we’ll have to make do with what we already have.”

But in a staunch defence against criticism that his forwards aren’t producing the goods he said: “Before the Yeovil game Billy Clarke had scored something like six in eight and that was the first game in 14 we hadn’t scored so I don’t know where this talk of not scoring has come from.

“Swindon go two games without scoring and I wonder if Paulo DiCanio has to answer these questions.”

And on Alexander going 13 games without a goal he added: “I’m sure Gary is aware of it but if we win football matches and he does his job I’m not going to criticise him or anyone else.”

Reds had to train on astroturf this week ahead of their FA Cup tie and Barker added: “It’s not ideal but we have to cope. It could continued with the weather set to get even worse.”

 

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