Walton: We’ve come a long way since Mansfield drubbing

Crawley Town V York City - Simon Walton scores from the penalty spot (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150211-092119008
Crawley Town V York City - Simon Walton scores from the penalty spot (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150211-092119008

Crawley Town midfielder Simon Walton wants to get back to winning ways when they face Mansfield at home on Saturday.

Defeats against Yeovil away and Notts County at home in their last two matches left Crawley fans frustrated and alarmed over their inability to pick up three points.

Crawley Town V York City - Simon Walton scores from the penalty spot (Pic by Joe Rigby) SUS-150211-091944008

Crawley Town V York City - Simon Walton scores from the penalty spot (Pic by Joe Rigby) SUS-150211-091944008

Walton believes the team has improved greatly from when the Reds played Mansfield in September.

“We played them during our bad times so to speak and we got a good hiding and it was one of the worst performances.

“We’ve matured and have got a lot better since that day and have come a long way, although the last two results may not suggest it.

“They’ve got experience, they’ve got a big physical team but we know what we are doing.

“It plays on your mind. You’ll never forget a humiliation like that (losing 4-0) and at the same time it’s a game we are looking forward to and looking for the win.”

“We know what we’ve got to do to keep moving up that league.

“At home we’ve made it difficult for sides. Notts County came to steal a point and that’s a credit to how we’ve played.

“We had a discussion among ourselves and have worked out what we’ve been doing wrong. We’ve got away from how we have been playing before.

“We’ve started fast, we’ve been relentless in our play. We are not Portsmouth, we are not going to pass teams off the pitch.

“Having a high work-rate and doing the ugly stuff and we want to get back to basics really.

“If you look at the players we had out at the weekend who played they have plenty on experience and shouldn’t be churning out performances like that.

“We are well aware of the standards needed to be successful in this league. Obviously we’d like to be higher up the table.

“We’ve got good players, we’ve got successful players. There’s certainly no crisis we are not panicking but in the last couple of games we have let ourselves and the gaffer down.”

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