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MANAGER'S CRAWLEY THOUGHTS

9 January 2014

John Ward's comments after FA Cup victory


Manager John Ward was pleased that his side won through to the third round of the FA Cup at Crawley last night.

Victory came after a lethargic first half that saw his side fall behind in the 14th minute to a Jamie Proctor goal.

Things changed in the second half, though, when goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall was a virtual spectator and goals in the last seven minutes, from Eliot Richards and John-Joe O’Toole means that his side will now face Birmingham City in round three.

“We had to be patient in the first half, when I don’t think we played well enough even though we had what were probably the best two chances,” said the manager afterwards.

“We needed to step up in the second half and we did that, after a chat at half time, and looked a little bit more positive. We found the goals and pulled off a win I felt we deserved.

“I was really pleased with our fitness levels and the way the boys went about their task.

“The work rate and the strength of the team in the second half was particularly good and we were positive we could get back in the game.

“We had a good go and now we face Birmingham in the next round on Tuesday which is, if you like, their treat.

“We had to play the conditions as well as a team some 30 odd places above us in terms of league positions and it’s been a really good effort from my boys.”


John’s full post match interview can be heard on Gas Player, along with an interview with Eliot Richards


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