Groves: We rode our luck but it was a good reaction

Crawley V Fulham - Izale McLeod takes on the Fulham defence (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140719-194820002
Crawley V Fulham - Izale McLeod takes on the Fulham defence (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140719-194820002

Crawley Town assistant manager Paul Groves hailed a good reaction but admitted Reds rode their luck in their 1-0 victory over Fleetwood this afternoon.

Izale McLeod’s 78th-minute goal gave the home side their first win in four League One matches.

But the visitors will count themselves unlucky to have not picked up at least a point after spurning plenty of chances.

Groves, however, was happy to see his side pick up the three points as Crawley bounced back from last week’s 4-0 home drubbing by Rochdale.

He said: “We rode our luck a little bit but today the most important thing was the three points.

“I think when you conceded goals you look at that first (formation) and we made sure today that was our foundation and it proved good in that respect, and Izale has popped up to score the goal, so it was a good day.

“In some of the games we have played I have felt we have been the better team, had more possession and probably more of a cutting edge, but we have not come away with the points.

“Today we have rode our luck a little bit, they have probably had more possession, but in the end, all that matters is the score and it’s 1-0 and three points to us. Sometimes that is what you have to take from the game.

“Today was a good reaction and positive results.

“We got a goal in front, kept our noses in front for a short period at the end there, weathered a bit of a storm and rode our luck a bit, but that’s what happens in these games.”

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander felt McLeod handled the ball in the build up to the games only goal, but Groves said: “I think most of the game Izale and Pond had been battling in a physical encounter and I think at the other end there was a handball claim which perhaps we felt did not go our way.

“And it happens, it’s just something you need to accept that some go your way and some don’t, maybe if we got it today we’ll take that little bit of luck.

“There will be other times when we don’t and I am sure we’ll be moaning about it, but you have to take it on the chin and move on.”

Reds now travel to Doncaster on Tuesday before a trip to Preston next Saturday and Groves added: “It’s a tough week, we go to Doncaster now with confidence, a clean sheet and a battling performance that got us three points and we go there with confidence.

“That’s the difference results can make.”