Reds joy as Yates waits on Mur­phy

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Con­nor Arm­strong

RHYS Mur­phy sparked a Craw­ley Town come­back against Lu­ton but man­ager Mark Yates re­vealed he had been about to haul the striker off when he net­ted the cru­cial goal.

Matt Har­rold rounded off the re­sult, as the Red Devils reg­is­tered backto-back league wins for the first time since March.

Cameron McGee­han had put Lu­ton ahead be­fore Mur­phy got the hosts back into it and Yates was im­pressed with his side’s re­solve.

“I was just about to make a sub­sti­tu­tion and take Rhys off,” he said.“So that just shows how good a man­ager I am.

“I felt the goal was com­ing and we felt if we could get one we could go on and win the game.We stuck at it and I thought we played some de­cent foot­ball sec­ond half.

“I’m de­lighted for the sup­port­ers.We’re only go­ing to get sup­port­ers com­ing back if we keep pro­duc­ing re­sults, and the last two have gone some way to writ­ing the early sea­son form off.

“We’re back on an even keel and we need to make this a re­ally tough place for peo­ple to come.”

Craw­ley came into the game off the back of a 3-2 win over Ley­ton Ori­ent last week­end, but a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive vic­tory never looked on the cards af­ter a com­fort­able first half for the Hat­ters.

Craig Mack­ail-Smith spun away from his marker be­fore lash­ing a shot wide of the near post, be­fore McGee­han put them in front just two min­utes later.

McGee­han rushed onto a cross from Sean Long at the far post, head­ing to­wards the far cor­ner of the goal, with the ball find­ing the back of the net via the head of Sonny Bradley.

The sec­ond half saw a seis­mic shift in the game, with Craw­ley forc­ing sev­eral cor­ners be­fore lev­el­ling the scores in the 63rd minute.

Mur­phy pro­vided the equaliser with a thump­ing header af­ter an invit­ing cross from Gwion Ed­wards, who turned in an all-ac­tion dis­play and proved a con­stant threat.

Har­rold then de­liv­ered the knock-out blow in the 80th minute, pow­er­ing a low drive past Mark Tyler and into the net af­ter seiz­ing on a loose ball.

“I thought we were slow out of the blocks in the sec­ond half,” said Lu­ton boss John Still.

“We were go­ing long when we should play short.We were go­ing short when we should’ve gone a bit longer, and we never had that co­he­sion about us for that 45 min­utes.

“We said at half-time that the only way they they’re go­ing to come back into it was if we got sloppy with our pass­ing and gave them an in­cen­tive, and gave away too many restarts – and we did both.”

STAR MAN GWION ED­WARDS

Craw­ley

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