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