Crawley Town head coach Gabriele Cioffi 'pleased' with another good performance

Gabriele Cioffi at Northampton Town on Saturday. (Photo Pete Norton/Getty Images)
Gabriele Cioffi at Northampton Town on Saturday. (Photo Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Crawley Town boss Gabriele Cioffi was impressed with his teams resolve as they extended their unbeaten away run to three matches on Saturday, following their goalless draw with Northampton Town at Sixfields.

Despite seeing a potential penalty waved away, Cioffi was more than satisfied with his team’s work ethic. He said: “I think 0-0 is fair, we were ready on the second balls and I am pleased with another good performance.”

Although the Reds have showed signs of progression on the road in recent weeks, Cioffi also highlighted that his side could have done better with the ball.

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He added: “In terms of solidarity, yes, but in terms of playing football, I thought we were much better against Mansfield and Stevenage.”

Reds forward Dominic Poleon returned to the starting XI on Saturday and his positive partnership with fellow forward Ollie Palmer was something Cioffi was also keen to highlight.

He said: “I’m happy with their performance in terms of what I asked from them, Dominic is a good player.”

After their disappointing 3-0 loss at home to Oldham last time out, Cioffi also recognised the importance of improving the team’s defensive solidarity.

He added: “We understood the lesson and today we showed it, if we can’t win, that doesn’t mean we have to lose.”

Crawley currently sit 17th in the League 2 standings, with a crucial home match against relegation threatened Macclesfield Town next on their agenda, after which they face two difficult trips to MK Dons and Mansfield, both of whom are currently challenging for the top six.