Yates is frustrated as Crawley implode
ACCRINGTON boss John Coleman insisted victory was all that mattered after a game which was overshadowed by an ugly second-half incident and the three red cards that followed.
Stanley cruised to victory in the end, coming back from a goal behind at the interval to secure the points which lifted them into the play-off positions.
However, there was drama after Shay McCartan’s ugly challenge on Jon Ashton which earned the Stanley front-man a straight red card in the 64th minute.
A melee followed, resulting in further red cards for Crawley midfielder Simon Walton and, incredibly, Stanley’s substitute keeper Jason Mooney, who ran from the sidelines.
Coleman said: “The three points has to be the most important thing for us.
“I think we deserved to win in the end.
“The sending off certainly changed the game, and I do feel for Mark Yates and Crawley.
“The initial sending off was correct, but it wasn’t a nasty challenge from Shay. He’s not like that.
“He’s mis-timed it maybe, and their lad has come off much worse.
“It ended up ten versus ten, but after what followed the tackle there could have been even more players sent off.
“I suppose I’m just pleased to have come away with a really big three points.”
Crawley led at the break thanks to an opportunist strike from Gwion Edwards.
The former Swansea City youngster lashed into the roof of the net in the 21st minute, pouncing after the Stanley defence failed to clear.
On the stroke of halftime Stanley came close when defender Joe Wright headed straight at keeper Paul Jones.
Billy Kee levelled in the 47th minute, tapping home after Jones parried Matt Crooks’ strike. After the free-for-all, Stanley then took advantage despite the sides still being even in numbers, with Matty Pearson slotting to make it 2-1.
Sean McConville teed up Seamus Conneely to make it 3-1, before the fourth goal came in stoppagetime as Piero Mingoia side-footed past Jones.
It turned out to be a frustrating day for Crawley boss Yates.
He said:“We were brilliant in the first half, but the sending off definitely affected us.
“It was a disgraceful tackle by McCartan, absolutely, but then why my players are getting involved in everything that followed is just beyond me.
“We should have just got on with the game and tried to go on and win it with the extra man.
“My players shouldn’t have been getting involved.”
CHRIS Wilder praised the reaction of his players as Northampton Town produced a brilliant second-half performance to maintain their grip at the top of League Two.
Leyton Orient had matched the league-leaders blow for blow in the opening period with Jack Payne and player-manager Kevin Nolan linking well as the O’s produced some neat passages of play.
But a stunning overhead kick from defender Rod McDonald gave Wilder’s side the lead after the break before a sublime Ricky Holmes volley on 65 minutes all-but sealed the win.
Nolan’s men did push for a way back into the game, with Armand Gnanduillet and Mathieu Baudry both missing chances.
But two goals late on from James Collins meant Northampton waltzed to their seventh league win in a row.
“That was a tough game and we had to endure a little bit of pressure,” said Wilder.“We are there to be shot at, but we understand that being top of the league.
“I didn’t think we played well in the first half but sometimes you need a little bit of magic to get you going and as soon as we got the first we were comfortable winners.
“I said at half-time that they needed to play more as a team and pull together and I thought we showed that in the second half and looked a proper team.
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