Gre­gory’s back­ing bad boy Con­nolly

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

CRAW­LEY ended a dif­fi­cult week – and a six-game los­ing streak – with vic­tory at MK Dons and man­ager John Gre­gory con­firm­ing the club are fully be­hind de­fender Paul Con­nolly.

Con­nolly has cho­sen to con­test his FA charge fol­low­ing his clash with a Brent­ford fan on Tues­day night al­though his match ended af­ter just ten min­utes with a groin in­jury.

The Red Devils made the most of their hosts’ des­per­ate home form to move them­selves six points clear of the drop zone cour­tesy of hoals from Andy Drury and Michael James with Gre­gory happy to clar­ify his stance over Con­nolly.

Gre­gory said: “We’ll sup­port Paul 100 per cent.

“I think he’s been in touch with the PFA and we’ll stand by Paul no mat­ter what hap­pens, al­though we don’t know when the FA will hear his ap­peal.

“We had one chance early on with Andy Drury and he scored whereas we’ve been in those sit­u­a­tions many times over the pre­vi­ous six matches and not taken the chance.

“Andy had a long time to think about that chance and Andy’s just kept com­posed and put it in the net. Then when we went 2-0 up there re­ally was only one team that was go­ing to win it.”

Craw­ley made the per­fect start as an ex­cel­lent pass by Jamie Proc­tor found the un­marked Drury to put him through one-on-one and the mid- fielder kept his com­po­sure to score.

Af­ter Izale McLeod waste­fully lobbed over for MK Dons af­ter be­ing picked out by Alan Smith, the Red Devils’ goal­keeper Paul Jones was called into ac­tion when he beat away Dele Alli’s shot.

Mark Ran­dall then steered an ef­fort wide from Dean Lew­ing­ton’s cross but more bad de­fend­ing was the gift the vis­i­tors a sec­ond just be­fore half-time.

Jordan Spence missed Mark Con­nolly’s clear­ance leav­ing Proc­tor through on goal and he de­layed be­fore giv­ing Mike Jones an open goal to fin­ish into.

Paul Jones had to make a brave save at Ran­dall’s feet early in the sec­ond half as the Dons tried to find that elu­sive home goal, but it is now over 500 min­utes since they found the net at sta­di­ummk.

Their boss Karl Robin­son summed it up in one word. “Em­bar­rass­ing,” he said.“We’ve let the fans down, we’ve let our­selves down and I thought it an­swered some ques­tions. I half-knew why some of those haven’t played for some parts of the sea­son.

“Some of them have been ask­ing why I’ve not been play­ing them and when they’ve looked back and watched that game they’ll see why.”

STAR MAN JAMIE PROCT

OR Crawle

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