SYM­PA­THY FOR THE RED DEVILS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alex Smith

AC­CRING­TON heaped more mis­ery on Crawley – and boss John Coleman ad­mits he’s been in ex­actly the same sit­u­a­tion in which coun­ter­part Mark Yates cur­rently finds him­self.

A Luke Rooney red card changed the game, as the hugely im­pres­sive Josh Win­dass scored from the re­sult­ing spot­kick be­fore Matt Crooks net­ted a beauty on the cusp of half-time.

Billy Kee added a third late in the sec­ond half as Ac­cring­ton con­demned the Red Devils to their fourth straight de­feat.

The home side were booed off at the end of both halves amid chants of “sacked in the morn­ing” aimed at man­ager Yates.

And Coleman, whose side are now six games un­beaten, ad­mit­ted his side ben­e­fit­ted from Rooney’s poor tackle and of­fered sym­pa­thy for his op­po­site in the dugout.

He said:“I feel for Mark, ev­ery­thing that can go against them is. He’s look­ing to go in at half-time ready to gal­vanise them for a sec­ond-half on­slaught and all of a sud­den he’s com­ing in two down and down to ten men in the space of two min­utes.

“I’ve been there my­self and when things are go­ing wrong for you it just seems like it is one prob­lem af­ter another.

“He’s a good man­ager and he’s a good fella, and I’m sure he will get them go­ing again.

“They need a lit­tle bit of luck and we got that luck here. It was a pro­fes­sional per­for­mance and we have to re­mem­ber it was 0-0 af­ter 44 min­utes.”

Crawley held their own early as Jon Ash­ton failed to prop­erly con­nect to a Sonny Bradley flick on. Af­ter an even half, the match swung to­wards the visi­tors when Rooney took out Win­dass from be­hind in the box to see red – to com­pound a dread­ful per­sonal per­for­mance.

Win­dass jumped up and dis­patched his penalty into the bot­tom left cor­ner, with a fin­ish his dad Dean would be proud of, for his fifth goal of the sea­son.

A minute later Crooks killed off the game with a 25yard curl­ing ef­fort.

Af­ter half-time the hosts had their best op­por­tu­nity as Chris Wal­ton thrashed a half-volley whiskers wide, be­fore Fred­die Wood­man got out quickly to block Win­dass’s one-on-one chance at the other end. But Kee added the gloss with a bril­liant turn, con­trol and shot in the box in the last minute.

And Yates in­sists he’s still the right man for the job ahead of a must-win clash with fel­low strug­glers New­port.

Yates said:“I to­tally un­der­stand the sup­port­ers.

“Ev­ery­one ex­pects things to go well, and I’m the same I ex­pect things to be bet­ter than they are and I un­der­stand their frus­tra­tions.

“But I still be­lieve I’m the man to turn this around and we’re only early in the sea­son.We’ll con­tinue to work hard.

“The play­ers were say­ing ‘if Jon Ash­ton scores’ but it isn’t about ifs, it’s about mak­ing it now. “They’re high on con­fi­dence and we’re low on con­fi­dence com­ing into the game but we held our own.”

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