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'There are a lot of games coming and at Leyton Orient we have a chance to get back on track' – Crawlet Town head coach Cioffi

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Crawley Town boss Gabriele Cioffi is hoping his side can get back on track against Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Reds’ decent start to the season hit a bump on Tuesday night when they lost 2-1 to Crewe Alexandra.

Gabriele Cioffi

Gabriele Cioffi

And now face a run of Saturday/Tuesday games and Cioff has revealed how he will keep the players going during this period.

He said: “What we are trying to do is keep all the players committed and everyone has to be ready and show us when the opportunity comes for them.

“There are a lot of games coming and at Leyton Orient we have a chance to get back on track.”

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Orient were promoted last season but siffered tragedy in the summer when manager Justin Edinburgh died aged just 49.

Cioffi said: “We are so sorry for what happened. The club was shocked. It’s life, it’s not football. On the human side we are very sorry but the show must go on.

“I am Christian, I am very sensitive to this stuff and my thoughts are with the staff and family because I can empathise when something like that happens.

“We go as a team to Leyton Orient to try and perform well and the points will be a consequence.”

Cioffi is hoping for a big crowd to travel the relatively short distance to Orient. He said: “The support the crowd gave us today [Crewe] was great. I think in this way if everyone is going in the right direction without great expectatio,n it will be a good season.”

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Consistency is something rarely seen with the current squad – Crawley Town opinion

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It was my fault last week for viewing the superb win against Bradford City as the start of Crawley Town’s recovery from a disappointing run of games.

I forgot that consistency is something rarely seen with the current squad. That failing is certainly a matter that concerns manager John Yems.

There is one aspect in which the Reds are reliable and the game against Walsall confirmed it insofar as it is easy to predict when their performance will fall short.

Put them up against a quality footballing side and they will deliver as the opposition brings the best out of them.

The Saddlers are a bread and butter side. They have too much quality to leave them vulnerable to relegation but lack that certain something that would make them promotion candidates.

They are a perfect middle of the table side which is just what we are.

The difference on the day was that Reds again lacked the belief in themselves that would allow them to get the better of an opponent that otherwise matched them.

The opportunities were there. Panutche Camara took his chance but Ashley Nadesan, who could have made it two nil, did not and Walsall’s defending ensured those chances were few.

Having edged the opening stages Crawley firstly allowed the home side back into contention and then started to struggle, perhaps surprisingly as the manager had made two defensive substitutions with half an hour to play. It was self-defeating as the busy Ollie Palmer was left without adequate support.

The matter of substitutions which I have criticised in the past has now also become a concern regarding team selection. How is it that we are only naming six subs when the squad is as large as it has been for several seasons.

The very late replacement of Nathan Ferguson just before kick off meant there were only five and that included the third choice goalkeeper.

Several erstwhile matchday first choices seem to have disappeared from the radar – Mason Bloomfield and David Sesay for example – whilst much touted new signings like Gyliano van Velzen don’t even get a place on the bench. At the same time the club remains tight lipped about “injuries” and has maintained its curious policy about releasing senior players on loan.

Whilst the players have shown just how great their potential is and how close they could be to fulfilling it I am getting concerned that all is not well in the dressing room. Maybe that was suggested by the manager’s angry post-match interview.

A little perverse comfort might be gleaned from the match itself.

Josh Gordon’s equaliser for Walsall was a very well taken goal and that was just a taster. Their 88th minute winner by Wes McDonald was arguably the Goal of the Day on a day which featured several excellent candidates for that accolade. Perhaps we should give the Saddlers due credit.

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If it’s not broken, then don’t fix it – Crawley Town opinion

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If it’s not broken, then don’t fix it was the supporters opinion on the coach as we travelled back from the game at Walsall.

Crawley were forced into making a change to the starting line-up after the warm up when Nathan Ferguson was replaced by Tarryn Allarahia, the only change from the team that beat Bradford.

The team were playing well and although Walsall were having most of the possession they were not causing much trouble to the Crawley goal. Glenn Morris was the busier keeper but again his dominance behind the Crawley defence made sure that nothing went passed him.

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Until the 70th minute the Red Devils we in control of the game and leading with the solitary strike from Panutche Camara in the first half on 27 minutes. Crawley could and should have increased the lead with Tarryn Allarakhia strike from the edge of the area flashing past the post in the first ten minutes before our goal, then in the second half, Ashley Nadesan’s one on one with the keeper could have done better.

Had the team taken either of those chances then we probably would have come away with the three points and continued the unbeaten run.

On 70 minutes, manager John Yems decided to go more defensively and brought on Tom Dallison for Nadesan and George Francomb for Allarakhia which changed the formation of the side and from then gave Walsall the opportunity to push forward rather than having to defend against Crawley’s two strikers.

All of the forward momentum had vanished with both Josh Doherty and Josh Dacres-Cogley now being pressurised at the back by Walsall getting much more of the ball, we stopped doing what we had for the first 70 minutes in pressurising the player with the ball and gave them the freedom of the park.

The host’s equaliser came from the right Gordon cut inside two defenders and fired his shot passed Glenn Morris into the net. Crawley still hadn’t learnt a lesson from the equaliser and still allowed the defence to be dragged apart and with two minutes remaining McDonald cut in from the left again beating two defenders to fire a dripping shot over Morris into the net, this off the bar and post.

In added time both Ollie Palmer and Jordan Tunnicliffe who had been pushed up front could have equalised with headers but failed to either beat the keeper or put the effort wide of the post. The Red Devils had been undone and all the hard work of the earlier stages of the game meant nothing and no points for the first time in the New Year.

The 154 travelling supporters left the stadium bemoaning the timing and use of the substitutions – hopefully everyone will learn from this, both Management and Players.

On Saturday we have a home match against Grimsby, with Ian Holloway now manager it will be an interesting situation as on a previous visit with Millwall in a pre-season match he got really upset with a few of our West Stand supporters. It going to be another tight game and a game that the home side must come out and stamp their authority early on and keep it going – we don’t want another Walsall.

UP UP and Away-

A group of supporters have set up a new Facebook page – CTAD – Crawley Town Away Days – they are endeavouring to encourage more supporters to travel to away matches and have a good day out with the football being just part off it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/545417079523586/ is the link to the group.

Our overnight trip to the match against Plymouth Argyle next Tuesday week is full

Salford City on 8th February – We are getting really great numbers for this trip, we now have 99 booked on our two coaches so have just 15 seats remaining. Hopefully by the time we pull out of the Stadium we have two completely full coaches. We depart from the stadium at 7.30am and cost of the trip is again £20.00 and includes a buffet lunch on the way. Please contact Alain on 07771-792346 to book on any of these trips.

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'We have got to dust ourselves down and get ready for next week' – Crawley Town's Sendles-White

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Jamie Sendles-White says Crawley Town players must ‘dust themselves down’ and work hard to get ready for next week.

A poor second half saw the Reds lose 2-1 at Walsall and Sendles-White told the club’s website they let their usual standards slip.

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He said: “I don’t think we really got going today. We were at stages, especially when they got their goals, very poor with the ball and without it as well.

“We didn’t retain it up top as well as we normally do and then for the first goal it’s got through to easy and he’s slid in and that’s changed the momentum.

“I felt that before we let our standards slip, we were looking ok and I didn’t think they were going to score.

“We have got to dust ourselves down and look at where we went wrong and get ready for next week.

“We all said in their [the changing room] it was a good chance to come away with three points and maybe put to bed our not-so-good away form. We are disappointed and we need to work hard this week to get it right for Saturday.

“Last week was a great result and performance as well, we need to get back to that and put it right next week in front of the home fans.”

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