Saunders says ‘sickening’ relegation is a slap in the face

Dean Saunders (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150501-114232002
Dean Saunders (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150501-114232002

Crawley Town interim manager Dean Saunder said it was ‘sickening’ to see the club relegated into League Two.

Reds suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Coventry City this afternoon to finish in the bottom four.

A win would have kept them in League One, but despite a penalty save from Brian Jensen on the stroke of half-time, and leading 1-0 in the second half through Mathias Pogba, a dramatic turnaround saw them dumped down a division.

Marcus Tudgay levelled with a header with just over 15 minutes left to play, before James Maddison slotted home a winner in the last minute.

Saunders said: “They (the players) are all down in the dumps, but four teams go down every year - now we have to regroup and get back up.

“I am just really gutted for everyone concerned with the club and it’s going to ruin my summer as well.

“I came here to do a job and although we got in a good position, I haven’t got the team over the line.

“I am gutted we are not having a party now that we have done it and stayed up, it’s gutting.

“Nobody remembers the performance and the away wins, nobody remembers all that, we have just got 50 points and we needed 52.

“It’s sickening really, nobody remembers the runners-up. We just have to try and regroup now and come back stronger next season whoever is the manager.”

The Welshman admitted the final defeat was a second slap in the face after last week’s dramatic late loss at Peterborough.

He added: “It’s just a cruel game football, I mean last week was probably one of the biggest slaps I’ve ever had in the face, we were 3-2 up in the 78th minute and today is another slap in the face.

“We were 1-0 up and in control, they didn’t look like scoring, Izlae has had a chance and if he slices it our scuffs it we go 2-0 up.

“But there’s such a fine line between doing well and doing terrible and right now we’ve not got enough points to stay in the league. Everybody’s disappointed, we’ve done a great job in putting ourselves in the position with two games to go needing to win one.

“Last week was a slap in the face and today it makes you wonder why you do the job.”