Yates reflects on Crawley’s perfect away performance

Crawley Town V AFC Wimbledon (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150815-190502008
Crawley Town V AFC Wimbledon (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150815-190502008

Mark Yates admitted that his Crawley Town side put in the perfect away performance as they eased to a 3-0 victory at Cambridge this afternoon.

A goal in each half from Roarie Deacon - his first for the club - and late third from Gwion Edwards saw Reds clinch their first win of the season in League Two in sweltering conditions at Abbey Stadium.

They ended The U’s unbeaten start in the process despite having Liam Donnelly sent off for a late second yellow card.

Yates said: “It was terrific from start to finish, I thought we dominated the first half against a team that, believe me, will be up there.

“Today, they missed Barry Corr for sure, but I don’t think he would have done much the way we dominated the first half and had the best chances.

“We went a goal up, could have been a couple more up and should have had a penalty.

“At half-time we just reiterated that we wanted the boys to do what we had done well, to do better second half.

“They were always going to throw the kitchen sink at us. I didn’t know if they were playing three up front, four up front or two up front, because they were doing things that we made them do because we scored that second goal.

“We looked solid, we looked organised. Our work rate and our commitment was outstanding and we didn’t look a bad side on the break as well as being a couple of goals up from our dominant play.”

After the midweek goalless draw against Portsmouth, Yates believes his side have now shown two strings to their bow.

He added: “Today, we fancied our chances. What we showed on Tuesday was resilience and a team ethic to carry a plan out.

“Today, we carried a plan out with an attacking threat. What I have is six strikers with the wide players and I can pick and choose from them.”

More reaction and the thought’s of two-goal Deacon in Tuesday’s Crawley Observer.

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