Gregory wants to add a striker after drawing a blank at Preston

Crawley Town V Fleetwood Town 13-9-14 (Pic by Jon and Joe Rigby) SUS-140916-130935002
Crawley Town V Fleetwood Town 13-9-14 (Pic by Jon and Joe Rigby) SUS-140916-130935002

John Gregory will look to bolster his attacking options after Crawley Town drew a blank at Preston yesterday.

Reds went down 2-0 at Deepdale and failed to find the net for the fifth time this season in League One.

Izale McLeod has netted three of Crawley’s five league goals so far this term, and with Matt Harrold recently returning from injury, Gregory has said he will try and bring in another attacking option.

The Reds boss said: “We need to add up front that’s obviously a priority. Matt Harrold has been out for a long time with injury, he had an operation of course and is just getting back to full fitness.

“We rely a little bit too much on Izale winning us matches and others need to chip in with goals.

“It’s the one area we have struggled with all season. We have not been fluent and the matches we have won, all four of them, Izale has scored. Joe Walsh is the only other goalscorer, so it is a problem.

“I’ve got ideas, but it’s a question of getting them, we shall see.”

Gregory has also hinted that he’ll be looking to loan out some of his squad as well as adding new recruits.

“They (Preston) kept a clean sheet, the problem we have really is scoring goals in the offensive half of the pitch,” he added.

“That is where we are not at our best and that side of our game needs to improve.

“I think it’s personal, possibly we have not got the right personal. Matty has missed quite a bit of the season, he is just getting up to match speed in many respects.

“We had a lot of pressure in the first half, a lot of free kicks and great delivery into the box, but there wasn’t a red shirt on the end of it and that’s really disappointing for me.

“There had been opportunities that we should have done better from and we tend to rely a little bit too much on Izale scoring us goals.

“It’s only Joe Walsh that has contributed other than him so it’s time to have a good look at it and possibly have to bring someone in from outside.

“We will have to look at the loan situation and try and get someone in that is going to make a difference to us on the offensive side.

“Gwion played well today, he has produced two or three goalscoring opportunities, but it’s another frustrating afternoon. I am not too sure these boys believe in themselves as much as I do.

“We made huge changes in the summer, we changed the whole squad and we only have one in our team from last season. It’s been a massive change for us, but I think there needs to be a bit more belief in the squad that you can come to places like this, play very well and get something from it.”