Date: 23rd October 2013 at 10:51pm
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Manager Richie Barker has said there was no ranting or raving in the dressing room following last night’s three nil loss to Port Vale.

The three goal reverse brought to an end Crawley’s seven match league unbeaten run, and instead of getting carried away with the defeat, Barker told the press following the game, that it was simply a wake up call for the players and proof that they need to be on their game in each and every match to secure the results we want.

We may have lost, the task is to now respond to that in our next match and get ourselves on the start of another unbeaten spell.

The manager said that Joe Walsh’s early mistake unfortunately set the tone of the game, and gave Port Vale the lift they’d have no doubt wanted but he did admit that whilst the Bradford win was probably our best performance of the season, there was no denying that the Vale loss was probably our worst of the season.

However, we have lost only five of our last 28 league games stretching back to last season, so there’s certainly nothing to go over the top about.

‘The first goal changed the game and gave Port Vale confidence. They were very organised. There’s been no ranting or raving, we will just work on the problem. One defeat in the last eight is as good as we could have asked for.’

Barker does admit that this now brings everybody back down to earth, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing at this stage of the season.