Cress­well puts ref on the spot over kick

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

YORK CITY care­taker boss Richard Cress­well be­lieves pres­sure on the referee from the Craw­ley play­ers played a cru­cial role in his side’s loss to a late penalty.

Si­mon Wal­ton scored from the spot for a sec­ond game in a row, as Craw­ley man­aged to grind out a fourth win in their last five games.

Referee Charles Break­s­pear pointed to the spot with just min­utes re­main­ing af­ter Ed­die Nolan was ad­judged to have fouled Sonny Bradley.

“We’ve been done by a du­bi­ous de­ci­sion from the referee,” Cress­well said.

“I’ve just watched it back and ul­ti­mately it’s not a penalty, but the referee has got a de­ci­sion to make and I think he might have been in­flu­enced by a few of their play­ers.”

Cress­well took over fol­low­ing the dis­missal of Russ Wil­cox and is one of a num­ber of con­tenders to take the job on a full-time ba­sis.

How­ever, he re­fused to be drawn on spec­u­la­tion, say­ing: “When you step into this role you either take a step back and think this isn’t for me, or you take a step for­ward.

“Ev­ery­body knows there are a lot of ap­pli­cants for the job. It’s a job that a lot of peo­ple would like. I’m sure the chair­man - what­ever de­ci­sion he makes - will make the right one.”

York could have stormed into an early lead, when Vadaine Oliver could only poke wide.

The Min­ster­men had the bet­ter chances in the first pe­riod, with James Ber­rett test­ing Dar­ryl Fla­ha­van in the Craw­ley goal.

The former Southend United stop­per then pulled off a fan­tas­tic save to deny an im­pres­sive vol­ley from Oliver.The for­ward then wasted a free header from eight yards, while York keeper Scott Flin­ders was re­peat­edly called into ac­tion.

The match looked to be head­ing for a goal­less con­clu­sion, un­til Wal­ton sent Flin­ders the wrong way from the spot in the 86th minute – his third penalty in the last five games.

The Reds have taken 12 points from a pos­si­ble 18, which has seen them pull away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Craw­ley man­ager Mark Yates said: “This is what we needed. It was al­ways go­ing to be like this, I felt. They’re a re­ally good group and they’ve got a great work ethic.

“We’re not the best team in the league, by a mil­lion miles and we had a lit­tle blip a few weeks ago that we all talked about, but since then they’ve re­sponded bril­liantly. They give me every­thing and some­times that’s not enough, but at the mo­ment there’s a real to­geth­er­ness about the whole group.

“We’ve had a good month, we’ve shown a lot of signs of im­prove­ment and even when we don’t play at our best, we’re still grind­ing things out.”

STAR MAN MATT HAR­ROLD

Craw­ley

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