Cox takes plau­dits in front of big crowd

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

DER­MOT Drummy heaped praise on Dean Cox af­ter a mo­ment of magic proved enough.

In an of­ten drab and dour en­counter, Cox crossed for top scorer James Collins to head home the only goal of the game and in­flict an­other de­feat on Hartle­pool United.

Pools have never beaten Craw­ley – they’ve met seven times – and the run never looked like end­ing.

Collins’ deft fin­ish, head­ing home as he ghosted in be­hind a static de­fence, proved the dif­fer­ence.

Drummy said: “James has been a con­sis­tent per­former and Dean (Cox) may not have played in the Foot­ball League for four or five months since he left Ori­ent, but he’s come in and nat­u­rally does what he does – and that is to de­liver qual­ity.

“He has a cer­tain level of per­for­mance and he lives up to that. He was blow­ing af­ter an hour, so we were able to take him off. He very rarely gives the ball away when he re­ceives it un­der pres­sure.

“He walks the walk and talks the talk.’’

This was Drummy’s third home win in a row and he can­not wait to face Portsmouth next week­end to try and make it four.

“We have kept a be­lief and we knew we had play­ers to come back,” he added. “I’ve learned an aw­ful lot here in six months and we are evolv­ing and chang­ing to­gether.

“We’ve got Portsmouth here next, it’s a mas­sive club and it makes for a fan­tas­tic game.

“We have given the sup­port­ers a taster, a look at us and hope­fully they will come back.’’

The home side dropped their nor­mal ad­mis­sion prices for this, in­stead ask­ing for fans to pay what­ever they wanted on the gate, min­i­mum £1.

Con­se­quently, their big­gest home crowd of the sea­son saw the win.

Chances on goal were scarce, but Collins should have scored when he lifted a header over the bar from two yards shortly be­fore his goal.

Pools’ only chance came when Sean Ka­vanagh’s near-post shot was kept out.

This was their sec­ond suc­ces­sive 1-0 loss and boss Craig Hignett said: “We gifted them the goal, we let Dean Cox cross too eas­ily.

“I didn’t see us los­ing the game in the sec­ond­half. We played our way into the game and got a bit better and played some de­cent stuff with­out break­ing through.

“It was a de­cent per­for­mance, no doubt, and we prob­a­bly shaded it and we said the same last week.

“We need some­one who will score goals and at the minute we haven’t got that.’’

STAR MAN JIMMY SMITH Craw­ley

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