Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh felt his side were back to their best to end Crawley’s resurgent run in League One on Saturday.
The Gills went into the clash at the Checkatrade.com Stadium on the back of four defeats, while Reds had won three on the bounce to lift themselves out of the relegation places.
But in an abject display from the hosts, it was the visitors who secured a 2-1 in front of 1,111 travelling supporters in a season-highest crowd of 3,570.
Edinburgh said: “We had a lot of possession first half and worked the ball well, but if we were going to be critical, I thought our crossing from wide areas, certainly first half, could have been better.
“I thought if we had that bit of extra quality around the box, we could have caused Crawley a few more problems in the first half.
“To come away and have as much possession as we did against a team that has just won three consecutive football matches, it was a very good performance.
“We are just concentrating on winning football matches and that was a very good one against an in-form team.
“They are physically strong and we had to deal with a lot of balls in to our box, but I thought we dealt with that well.
“Crawley had a period just after they scored with us playing very quickly from the back that took the game back into our hands again.”
The match on Saturday was packed with Crawley managers past and present with John Gregory in the stands along with Rotherham boss Steve Evans and former caretaker Craig Brewster.