Crawley Town head coach Gabriele Cioffi happy with squad after Portsmouth display

Football:''Crawley Town v Yeovil Town.''Pictured is Crawley Town's Manager, Gabriele Cioffi.''Crawley, Sussex. ''Picture: Liz Pearce 29/09/2018''LP181603 SUS-180930-165707008
Football:''Crawley Town v Yeovil Town.''Pictured is Crawley Town's Manager, Gabriele Cioffi.''Crawley, Sussex. ''Picture: Liz Pearce 29/09/2018''LP181603 SUS-180930-165707008

Crawley Town head coach Gabriele Cioffi believes the whole squad being ready to play when asked is key to producing a winning season.

The Reds boss made ten changes to the side for Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy tie against Portsmouth.

The League One leaders won the game 1-0 through a 37th minute goal by Dion Donohue.

Pompey made nine changes to their side as well but were still opposition.

Cioffi said: “I was really happy about our performance, I saw a really good game.

“We played really good football but conceded a silly goal, we can avoid a goal like that.

“I think we had a couple of chances to draw.”

Cioffi wanted to see a response by players who were given starts who have either been used as substitutes for League Two matches or not selected for the match-day squad.

He said: “I’m really happy with the reaction of those who at the moment are usually on the bench or in the stand.

“So I can say to the lads well done!

“Everyone has to be ready to be picked and I had the answer I wanted. This is the way to create a winning season.”

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