Yus­suf en­sures it’s no go for Diego

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Derek Quinn

CRAW­LEY spoiled More­cambe’s wel­com­ing party for new owner Diego Le­mos at the Globe Arena.

The Brazil­ian, who took over as the Shrimps’ ma­jor share­holder this week, watched on as his side went down to a third suc­ces­sive home de­feat in a five-goal thriller.

Craw­ley boss Der­mot Drummy was a happy man though as his side picked up a sec­ond suc­ces­sive win.

“It was an ex­cit­ing game, a very open game in the end, and to come out on top against a very strong and well-or­gan­ised side was ex­cel­lent,” he said.

“You need a lot of char­ac­ter in this league and we showed that in abun­dance.

“We are ty­ing to get an at­trac­tive brand of foot­ball here and play an en­ter­tain­ing game and although we tried that in the first half it wasn’t al­ways pay­ing off and we were a bit sloppy. I just told the lads to stay calm at the break and stick to­gether and they did that.

“To get three goals was re­ally im­pres­sive and I was im­pressed with all the lads. It is hard to sin­gle any­one out re­ally, which is great, Adi Yus­suf came off the bench and made a real dif­fer­ence and I’m de­lighted for him.

“He’s a great lad and I was re­ally im­pressed with him, but the rest of the lads de­serve a huge amount of credit. We had to do a lot of de­fend­ing and we did that well un­til the end of and showed great spirit and to­geth­er­ness.”

More­cambe boss Jim Bent­ley was left fum­ing at his side’s de­fend­ing and a de­ci­sion to rule out an ef­fort from Peter Mur­phy for off­side early in the sec­ond half.

Bent­ley said: “We thought at the time it was on­side and we have seen the video and he is two yards on­side. It was a shock­ing de­ci­sion and it has cost us dearly. “This was one of those games where the first goal was al­ways go­ing to make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence and if the goal had been given, like it should have been, that would have been the case.

“Hav­ing said that some of our de­fend­ing in the sec­ond half was shock­ing and we have to get that right.

“Last sea­son our de­fend­ing was our Achilles heel and I’m see­ing some bad signs in that area again. We need to sort that out.”

Craw­ley took the points af­ter goals from Yus­suf and James Collins put them ahead in the late stages be­fore Michael Rose pulled one back.

Jimmy Smith made it 3-2 on 90 min­utes be­fore a Cole Stock­ton stun­ner deep into in­jury-time re­duced the ar­rears, but Craw­ley held on for the three points.

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