Date: 28th July 2015 at 9:07pm
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Manager Mark Yates has said he was very pleased with the performance of the side in the friendly victory over Reading.

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Having set up tough opposition in pre season against the likes of Championship sides Fulham and Brighton which both ended in losses for Crawley, Yates told the Mid Sussex Times that he was delighted to see us learn from a few mistakes and take a victory at the third time of asking.

In front of a 1,288 crowd at the Checkatrade, midfielder Conor Henderson’s long range effort with ten minutes to go in the game was enough to give us victory and the performance was a step up on the tough week we arranged for ourselves.

Crawley:

Preston (GK), Berry, Van de Bogaert, Walton, McNerney, Bradley, Smith, Barnard, Rooney, Young, Deacon.

Subs:

Edwards (71), Henderson (71), Lennox (GK, 71), Fenelon (71), Ashton (71), Bawling (71), Harrold (71), Edwards, Niheme (71).

‘We were probably a bit more resilient, a bit more organised and we worked on a few things we needed to work on. That`s what pre-season`s about. It`s not about being ready for the first pre-season game, it`s about getting the game-time. Today we wanted to be tough to beat.’

Yates went on to say that reviewing the last two games back against Fulham and Brighton, he felt that our shape had left us too open during key periods of the games so the message was to be tighter, more organised and watch for that in this game and that was something he was pleased to see the players take on board and do.

Having proper fullbacks in those positions also helped.

‘It was a better mentality, we had two recognised full-backs playing I thought our starting XI was better and we played with passion. My players are shattered and I want that every week – not just against Brighton or Reading but against teams like Wycombe and Portsmouth. If they give everything in every match then the crowd will be happy.’

Ultimately after a tough week it was about taking the positives, continuing to learn and improve and the gaffer was happy with that.

‘There were many positives but we`re not going to get carried away!’

Reserving praise for both fullbacks, especially as they were trialists in the shape of Durrell Berry and Belgian Brian Van De Bogaert, for the latter being a former Antwerp player, Yates confirmed he has driven for five hours to get here in time for the game as he couldn’t source a flight.

‘Credit to the left-back, Bryan Van Den Bogaert. He comes recommended from a couple of people I know in the game. I spoke to his agent on Sunday night and he couldn`t get a flight over so he drove five hours from Belgium, it just shows you what he wants to do and what he can be about. I thought he was great. He pulled me aside at half-time and admitted he`d had a long day and that he wasn`t sure how much he could play of the second half but I thought his tenacity was there and he was a good defender. There were things to improve on but he literally just met the boys at 3pm on Monday when we did a little bit on the pitch.’

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