Bradley believes Reds have now set the standard

Sonny Bradley scores for Crawley Town against Barnsley (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-150214-180825004
Sonny Bradley scores for Crawley Town against Barnsley (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-150214-180825004

Sonny Bradley believes Crawley Town have now set the bar in terms of the standard required in their battle to beat the drop.

The centre-back made just his tenth league start for Reds on Saturday and notched his first goal in their comfortable 5-1 win over Barnsley.

The 22-year-old felt it was just what the club, players and supporters needed after conceding five against Doncaster four days earlier.

He said: “”We owed it to the fans especially after Tuesday as it was not acceptable and we knew that. The fans were right to be very disappointed with us, but we owed it to the manager and ourselves.

“I am glad we put a shift in and turned it on, but we have got to stay on it and train hard this week. We can’t drop below that level, we have set the bar now.”

On his goal, the defender added: “I was having a bit of banter with the lads saying it was a striker’s finish and poacher’s goal, but in all seriousness it went over my head, I made the first run, it got saved and it fell perfectly for me for a simple tap-in in the end. I’ll take them all day.

“It was a simple finish in the end, but I am very happy coming in as I haven’t played for a while and to win 5-1 the confidence is high and to get a goal is good for me and the team. Hopefully we can do it again next week.”

The former Portsmouth player was also at a loss to explain how there was such a drastic improvement from Tuesday’s drubbing.

He added: “The first couple of days in the week were tough as we knew how bad it was. The gaffer sat us down and said, ‘look it’s gone now, we have to prepare for Barnsley on Saturday’ and that is what we did.

“I don’t know how it flipped so quickly, but that’s football. I think this result will be no good if we go Swindon and don’t preform like that.

“We are well aware of that and this week in training we are going to be training hard and hopefully we can get a result.”

Read a full interview with Bradley in Wednesday’s paper on his frustrations at not playing and how he now intends to seize his opportunity.