Crawley head coach Dermot Drummy believes his players’ disappointment at Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Colchester shows how much his side has improved.
Reds looked on course for their third successive victory thanks to the second goal in two games scored in the 18th minute by Adi Yussuf.
But the visitors, who are level on points with Crawley just one point outside the play-off zone, staged a late push from which substitute Chris Porter equalised with just two minutes to go.
Drummy said: “They were really disappointed so I said to them listen, last year we were losing games and you are disappointed now you’ve drawn a game.
“I said I’m glad you are disappointed because that’s how far you’ve come and you’ve got to take that momentum into Saturday’s game with Blackpool.
“Every game’s a battle. I thought our effort was fantastic, I always go a bit on the quality but you can’t fault the boys for going until the end to be fair we ended the game on the attack.”
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