REDS striker Tyrone Barnett said he was delighted to score against his former employers as his goal set Crawley Town on their way to a 2-0 defeat of Macclesfield today.
Barnett netted in the 58th minute with a powerful header, before substitute Wes Thomas added a second to ensure the Reds claimed an historic first win in the Football League.
And after getting some stick from the travelling support, Barnett was able to relish scoring against the club he left in the summer.
“It was going to be a tough game, because I know how they play,” Barnett said.
“It was fantastic to score against my old club, they (former teammates) tried to wind me up before the game.
“I was getting a bit of stick from the old fans so I was delighted to score. They had a few chants when I was down in the corner, and I remembered it for when I scored.”
Barnett now has two in two league games this season, having netted in last week’s 2-2 draw at Port Vale, and he said patience was key. He added: “I played better in the second half and got the goal which was good. We had patience and thankfully got the goal.”
Manager Steve Evans was impressed by his side’s concentration levels, in a match they utterly dominated possession and created a glut of chances.
“Thats what teams are going to do,” he said. “We have to find different ways of trying to combat that. Its tough when they come and sit in, but I thought the fans were great, they didn’t get in the backs of players.
“We are not surprised, I think we are going to get that a lot more.”
SECOND half goals from Tyrone Barnett and Wes Thomas have sealed Crawley Town’s historic first win in the Football League today, with a 2-0 defeat of Macclesfield.
After a frustrating first 45 minutes, Barnett opened the scoring against the side he left to join the Reds with a thumping header from the impressive Scott Davies’ corner in the 58th minute, and then substitute Thomas raced on to a lobbed pass from Sergio Torres to put Steve Evans’ men 2-0 up by beating Silkmen keeper Jose Viega to the bouncing ball.
Crawley were dominant from the first whistle, and had a flurry of chances in the first half without really testing Viega - who made saves from Matt Tubbs and Davies.
But Reds were able to ram home their dominance just before the hour when Barnett netted from Davies’ corner, and a Thomas strike was further reward. Macclesfield were only able to muster one effort on target - a long range effort from Ross Draper, which Scott Shearer saved comfortably in the Crawley goal.
CRAWLEY Town endured a frustrating 45 minutes in their first ever home game in the Football League, with the score 0-0 at the break against Macclesfield.
The Reds were totally dominant throughout the half, but found a resolute Silkmen difficult to break down, with a steady flow of chances going to the home side.
Matt Tubbs and Scott Davies forced saves from Macclesfield keeper Jose Veiga, while Charlie Wassmer saw a header land on the roof of the goal. It was one way traffic, with Crawley stopper Scott Shearer untroubled as the visitors failed to muster an effort on goal.
CRAWLEY Town made three changes to the line up for today’s historic first home match in the Football League at home to Macclesfield Town.
Charlie Wassmer came in for the suspended John Dempster following the defender’s red card against Port Vale on the opening day of the season last week.
Meanwhile, Hope Akpan regained his place in midfield at the expense of Dannie Bulman after serving a one game suspension. Ben Smith also missed out with the inclusion of Scott Davies.
For Macclesfield, Carling Cup hero Emile Sinclair, who scored twice in the shock defeat of Hull in the Carling Cup, started up front, but Waide Fairhurst missed out after sustaining extensive bruising and possible ligament damage in the Silkmen’s opening day loss to Dagenham.
Meanwhile, Reds have been drawn away to Southend in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this morning - the Southern Section tie at Roots Hall will take place in the week beginning August 28.
Reds: Scott Shearer, Scott Davies, Dean Howell, Kyle McFadzean, Charlie Wassmer, David Hunt, Sergio Torres, Hope Akpan, Josh Simpson, Matt Tubbs, Tyrone Barnett.
Subs: Michel Kuipers, Wes Thomas, Glenn Wilson, John Akinde, Scott Neilson.
Silkmen: Jose Veiga, Jonathan Bateson, Carl Tremarco, Nathaniel Brown, Lewis Chalmers, Ross Draper, Emile Sinclair, Tony Diagne, Shaun Brisley, Sam Wedgbury, Ben Tomlinson.
Subs: Scott Kay, Arnaud Mendy, John Grant, Matthew Hemshaw, Elliott Hewitt.