Tomlin calls on Crawley to be more positive

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Gavin Tomlin has warned his Crawley team-mates they need to be more positive to avoid a relegation scrap in League One.

The forward opened his account for the Reds on Saturday as he hit the equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Chesterfield.

Tomlin admitted a draw was a fair result in the end, but insisted they were frustrated to miss out on all three points.

He said: “There’s disappointment from the boys. Like I said last week we needed to start better and I think we did that.

“We hit the post, had a couple of opportunities and I felt we could have gone in one up, but we defended quite well as well.

“In the second half, I should have put the team ahead 1-0, but they went down the other end and scored. We are disappointed, but in the end I think 1-1 is a fair result.

“We have got to turn these draws into wins, if we keep drawing we are going to find ourselves at the latter end of the table.

“I think we have got to be a little more positive in games. I think today was probably a relief to get back to 1-1 rather than being on top of the game and to push on or get two or three.

“Keano (Keith Keane) blamed himself and I blamed myself for not getting the earlier goal so it’s more relief today. We have been coming from behind a lot and have not been on the front food and leading games.

“So we need to be a bit more positive and we’ll turn those draws into wins.”

Tomlin has also backed strike partner Izale McLeod after he and Chesterfield’s Daniel Jones were sent off in injury-time on Saturday.

He believes yellow cards would have sufficed after the scuffle caused a mass coming together between players and the benches.

He added: “Izale is disappointed. He didn’t believe it was a red card, he feels the other player has pulled him down and he was trying to get off of him and the player wouldn’t allow him to get off. I don’t believe either of them should have been sent off to be honest. It was much about nothing, probably yellow cards tops is what they deserved, so he’s bitterly disappointed to get a red.”

Read more from Tomlin in this week’s paper.