Crawley’s slump has Gregory worried
JOHN Gregory admitted his Crawley side are now looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone after their fifth straight loss.
Crewe’s opener from Uche Ikpeazu’s was cancelled out by Jamie Proctor’s sensational strike before Bradden Inman’s late goal gifted Crewe the much-needed points.
Gregory refused to place the blame with his players but accepted that performances need to improve.
“We haven’t scored enough goals of late and as a result we’ve been beaten in the last five matches which comes as a huge shock to me,” Gregory said.
“It is the first time I’ve looked behind us because some of the results haven’t gone our way.
“Despite having two or three games in hand, it’s not like having points on the board – I know which I’d prefer.
“It is in our own hands and we know we can do something about it but we need to roll our sleeves up.
“We go to Brentford on Tuesday, it’s not going to get any easier but some of our better performances have come against the bigger teams.”
Crewe’s Mathias Pogba jinked his way inside the box in the 16th minute and fired low at Paul Jones, who could only parry into Ikpeazu’s path for his third of the season.
Crawley’s first chance came just a minute later when they worked the ball quickly to Billy Clarke who forced an acrobatic save from 19year-old Ben Garratt.
The second half started brighter when Arsenal loanee Chuks Aneke shot straight at Jones.
Crawley’s almost levelled when Mark Connolly collected the ball but his deflected shot flicked off the post.
The reds got their breakthrough in the 68th minute when substitute Proctor picked the ball up 25 yards out and rifled it into the top left corner.
A long ball from Moore put Inman through with ten minutes remaining, which he poked home.
Steve Davis was resilient after his sides first win in three believing that they have the quality to pull themselves out the relegation zone.
Davis said:“A lot of teams down the bottom won but we just have to look after our own performances .
“If we do that then it will take care of itself so we’ll just keep fighting and playing our football in the last five games to go. Hopefully it will be good enough to stay in this division.
“We are looking forward to the challenge from Wolves who are the best team in the league. I know my lads respond in the big games .”
STAR MAN BYRON MOORE