Last-gasp battlers deliver for Drummy
DERMOT Drummy said his players showed immense character after grabbing a lastgasp goal in injury time to secure a dramatic draw at home to Carlisle.
The home side found themselves 2-0 up early in the first half, only for the Cumbrians to go in all square at the break.
The away side then went ahead only to be pegged back in injury time.
Drummy was happy with the comeback, he said: “You’ve got to give credit to the players, the fans were great and you want that every day.
“That was raw passion. I thought we got ourselves back into it and that showed a great mentality.
“We’ve been on a poor run and sometimes it’s about getting that all-important point.
“It is a nice relief to maintain out status but I came here with hopes of reaching the playoffs. However, when you look at the division to keep our league status is an achievement.
“In some ways we shouldn’t be in this position but on the other hand maybe the other teams at the bottom are saying that too.”
James Collins broke the deadlock in the 12th minute with a wonder goal from outside of the area, he stuck the ball in the top corner leaving Mark Gillespie rooted to the spot.
Collins then scored his 20th league goal in the 25th minute with a calmly taken penalty, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way
Only four minutes later Jabo Ibehre latched on to a ball and converted to reduce the deficit.
And three minutes before the break Jamie Proctor was able to convert his well placed headed effort.
Reggie Lambe put the visitors in front in the 59th minute after latching on from a great ball from Proctor. But two minutes into injury time Crawley captain Jimmy Smith was able to equalise after popping up at the back post.
The Carlisle manager Keith Curle blamed the poor result on silly mistakes, he said: “I am angry and frustrated, we shouldn’t have to score four goals away from home to win a game of football.
“There is a level of frustration because we gave silly free kicks away that gave them the opportunity to balls in our box.
“We had fantastic support from the fans again, even at 2-0 down, although thankfully we got the goals at the right time.
“We are creating chances, we are scoring goals but we need to tighten up at the back and we need to make sure we are doing our job defensively.”
STAR MAN JAMES COLLINS Crawley