Har­rold’s ‘crazy’ 48 hours end on a high

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Daniel Shel­don

CRAW­LEY’S care­taker player-man­ager Matt Har­rold said it had been a “crazy” two days af­ter his side came from be­hind to earn a point against Mans­field.

Har­rold took charge of the Reds for their fi­nal game of the sea­son af­ter for­mer man­ager Der­mot Drummy left by mu­tual con­sent in the week.

“I’ve got to be hon­est, it’s been the cra­zi­est 48 hours of my life,” said Har­rold.

“When I got the phone call I said yes, but I spoke to Der­mot and Matt Gray be­cause I have a lot of time and re­spect for them.

“They both said, ‘Go for it’ – and then I wor­ried for an hour and then I started think­ing about the team so I wor­ried about that for an­other hour.

“I was on the phone solid speak­ing to peo­ple and get­ting ad­vice and then in the end I fi­nally laid down in my bed and told my­self to en­joy it.

“The credit has to go to the play­ers for the char­ac­ter they showed to come back from be­hind against a good side.”

Mans­field, need­ing to win and need­ing four of five other re­sults to go their way to re­alise their slim play-off hopes, took the lead af­ter just 12 min­utes when Joel By­rom picked out Danny Rose in the area be­fore he slot­ted in past Glenn Mor­ris.

The Stags dou­bled their ad­van­tage through Ben White­man who burst for­ward from the half­way line and then fired his shot in from 20 yards out.

How­ever, Craw­ley hit back in the 34th minute when Dean Cox poked his ef­fort past Jake Kean from close range.

Jor­dan Roberts then drew the Reds level with Mans­field ten min­utes into the sec­ond half with a spec­tac­u­lar fin­ish from long range.

The home side could have won it late on when James Collins’ ef­fort had Kean beaten but it bounced back off the post.

Mans­field man­ager Steve Evans had Tues­day’s meet­ing with the chair­man in mind.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with the sec­ond half,” he said. “We should have come in at half-time 4-0 up but in­stead we gave a goal away.

“We didn’t do enough. It sums our sea­son up and I’ve got a meet­ing with the chair­man on Tues­day and it will be se­vere.

“To be fair to the Craw­ley lads we al­ways knew they were go­ing to come and have a go. They are fight­ing for var­i­ous things and they had Matt tak­ing his first game.

“We haven’t been good enough in both boxes and we showed an in­abil­ity to take some clear-cut chances.”

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