Crawley Town defender Connolly admits Reds did too little, too late against Exeter

Crawley Town's Mark Connolly was kept busy in defence against Exeter City
Crawley Town's Mark Connolly was kept busy in defence against Exeter City

Crawley Town defender Mark Connolly admitted getting the first goal was important to getting the result against Exeter City last night.

The scorer of Reds' 90th minute goal believes they did not do enough to win the game and left it too late to get a result.

He said: "The first goal was huge. We had two very good chances to get the first goal and unfortunately we didn't take it.

"I think if we'd have done what they did if we had of done.

"Once they scored they just sat in and were hard to break down.

"We forced a few things from the back and it was just a difficult night.

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb, once again. It just wasn't good enough.

"They did it very well and we tried to play in front of probably needed to get behind them a bit more.

"It's something we need to work on. We need to change and adapt things that aren't working while you are on the pitch.

"We just didn't do enough to push on and get back."

Connolly believed Reds left their fightback too late to get a draw, with his headed goal finding the net in added-time.

He said: "We just left it a bit late - we didn't really have many deliveries into the box tonight and it wasn't to be.

"It seems we've changed our way form which was poor, but at home it hasn't been good neough - it could be confidence, but it is disappointing and it's hard, especially after the high of winning at Wycombe on Saturday."