Date: 10th August 2015 at 8:28pm
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Manager Mark Yates has declared himself pleased with the work rate and the way the players stuck to the game plan in the League Two opener against Oxford on Saturday.

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A one all draw giving us a point in his first competitive game left the gaffer pleased as he spoke to the Crawley News at full time.

‘It`s a really good start. We were really workmanlike and put in a really good shift for the red shirt, and that`s all I want. We have set the standards now and if we come off it, we won`t get what we deserve out of games. We are a new group; three were making League debuts. There were some tired legs in there because they put in a shift and that was what I`d asked them to do before the game.’

Yates went on to say that for him we were well organised and solid but the only real disappointment was seeing us switch off just after we scored to let them back into it. Other than that he felt it was a ‘magnificent’ performance from the side.

With the three Football League debutants being referenced – Freddie Woodman, Joe McNerney and Liam Donnelly – they came in for specific praise.

‘I thought they were great. I thought Liam was outstanding, Joe was outstanding particularly in the first half I thought he was really good. They can be really pleased. Freddie has had two saves to make. But it was about the team, I don`t want to single out too many individuals. It was about the group working really hard at what we had to do.’

Making the step up from non league, McNerney was in front of the cameras following the game and whilst largely pleased with his debut, he did admit there was a frustration and disappointment that we couldn’t keep the clean sheet and take all three points on the day.

The 25 year old is quoted by the same paper.

‘That was definitely sharper and for 90 minutes as well, because I think it tends to die off in the Conference. That was quite a strong pace for 90 minutes. It was a great day. It was hard-work and I think the (Oxford) strikers were a really good test and both of them worked us in different ways. I think on reflection it isn’t a bad point. It was one chance and one goal, so we are a little bit disappointed by that but we withstood a lot of the pressure throughout the game and that can happen sometimes.’

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