RICHIE LAUDS HIS EN­TER­TAIN­ERS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Calum Leahy To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

RICHIE Barker ex­pects plenty more fire­works from his Craw­ley team this term af­ter they shared the spoils at Tran­mere fol­low­ing a six-goal thriller.

A Joe Thomp­son dou­ble had the hosts 2-1 up at half-time, fol­low­ing Joe Walsh’s opener for Craw­ley, but a goal from Billy Clarke and an­other from Walsh put the Red Devils ahead be­fore Ryan Lowe’s last-gasp equaliser sal­vaged Rovers a point.

In three games this sea­son Craw­ley have now scored nine and con­ceded nine and while Barker know he is in a re­sults busi­ness he in­sists he won’t stop send­ing his play­ers out to take the game to their op­po­nents.

“It was an at­tack­ing line-up away from home, but my view is that if we score more goals than them we’ll win the game,” he said.

“It was a fan­tas­tic ad­vert for League One and ex­tremely en­ter­tain­ing, but it doesn’t do my health any good and I’m sure it doesn’t do the fans’ any good ei­ther.

“My blood pres­sure through­out the last week has been through the roof and I just said to the play­ers, ‘if we con­tinue like this it’s go­ing to be the long­est sea­son in his­tory’.

“I pick the team that is go­ing to win the game but I very rarely pick a team that is go­ing to win 1-0.

“Yes, it’s a re­sults ori­en­tated busi­ness, but part of it is that we want peo­ple to en­joy com­ing and watch­ing us play.”

The open­ing goal came when Andy Drury’s free-kick was met by Walsh, the Welsh defender steer­ing his header into the far cor­ner.

Tran­mere equalised when a long ball to­wards Lowe fell for Thomp­son, who worked space on his left to slot home from ten yards.

Thomp­son’s sec­ond came when Craw­ley keeper Paul Jones mishit a clear­ance straight to him. The wing-man kept his cool to slot past the on­rush­ing keeper.

Craw­ley hit back with Clarke fin­ish­ing from close-range from James Hurst’s cut back.

Walsh put Craw­ley ahead as Tran­mere once again failed to deal with a set-piece and he fin­ished through a crowd of bod­ies.

But Lowe was on hand to equalise at the death, fin­ish­ing deftly at the back post from Robin­son’s cor­ner.

Tran­mere chief Ron­nie Moore was an­gry at the lack of fight shown by his play­ers.

“I think we’ve thrown points away there,” said Moore, whose side lost 3-1 at Wal­sall on the open­ing day of the sea­son.

“The play­ers have to grow up, they have to be men and take crit­i­cism from each other, not just from me.

“I’ve never seen a scuf­fle since I’ve been here. We used to have fights all the time, be­cause you want to win.

“I’m not say­ing go in and butt or kick some­body, but if some­one has a pop at you, take it on the chin.

“And that’s what they’ve got to do in there, they’ve got to grow up, man up and show spirit and de­sire to win football matches.

“At this mo­ment we have bet­ter play­ers than last year, but we haven’t got a bet­ter team, not un­til we show the right spirit.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ALL SMILES: Ryan Lowe cel­e­brates his late lev­eller. Inset: Lowe scores for Tran­mere

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