KEEPER MORRIS MAKES HIS MARQ
DARREN Ferguson admitted that leaders Doncaster lacked a cutting edge as they had to settle for a point away at Crawley.
Glenn Morris was the hero of the hour for the Reds, saving from the spot from John Marquis and then following it up with a second save a second later as Alfie May was fastest to the rebound.
May then had a goal disallowed five minutes before the break for offside, although Ferguson felt that was the wrong call.
Still, the Donny boss was more frustrated at his team’s inability to kick on from victory at Cambridge on Tuesday, even if they remain four points clear at the top.
He said: “I’ve seen hundreds of games like that where you end up losing it because you just get frustrated.
“It was just one of those days where the ball just wouldn’t go in the net.
“It is a disappointing result because we wanted to build on Tuesday, and take advantage of that.
“It is another point on the board, we’ve now got two home games coming up, and it is important when you don’t win the game you make sure you don’t lose it.
“The boys couldn’t have given any more, we tried and tried to break them down but unfortunately just couldn’t on the day.
“Alfie May put the ball in the net, and he is onside, that is a poor decision.
“Although I thought the penalty was soft, so it evens itself out.”
After the missed penalty and the disallowed goal, Crawley then had a penalty claim of their own on the stroke of halftime.
Billy Clifford went down in the box but the referee Michael Salisbury waved play on.
There was then a flare-up heading into the interval as Crawley’s Lewis Young was caught by Andy Butler but after some pushing and shoving the sides calmed down.
The momentum shifted after the break, with Tom Lawlor pulling off a couple of fine saves from Joe McNerney’s close range header and then Mark Connolly within the space of a minute.
That flurry five minutes into the half was as close as they came but Crawley boss Dermot Drummy was the happier of the two managers come the full-time whistle.
He said: “At half-time I told my team to be brave but don’t be stupid.
“I think within first ten minutes of second half we had two great chances.
“The crowd were fantastic, they were right behind us and it makes such a difference to the players and they really responded to it.
“You’ve got to play the football to get the crowd off their feet.
“We understand the demands of the fans and they were really great.
“I thought in the second half we had a period before they had a period and in the end I thought both teams were going for the win.”
STAR MAN GLENN MORRIS Crawley BATTLE: Crawley Town defender Lewis Young gets to the ball ahead of Doncaster Rovers forward Andy Williams