Date: 25th November 2015 at 4:22pm
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Manager Mark Yates was delighted to make it four home wins on the trot in the weekend’s victory over Bristol Rovers and he also gave his thoughts following Tuesday evening’s loss against Northampton.

Bristol Rovers Highlights
Audio – Yates Delighted With Four In A Row

On quotes carried by the Argus from his post game press conference, on loan Rhys Murphy obviously took the plaudits from the weekend with his brace on the day.

Four home wins in succession also equals a club record.

‘We started brilliantly and thoroughly deserved to be leading at half-time. I thought Rhys was outstanding and took his goals really well. They came back at us in the second half as we knew they would but it is a 90 minute game and over 90 minutes I felt we deserved the win. The second half was not as good as we wanted it to be but we were 2-0 up and the other team had nothing to lose. They put a lot of balls in the box but the only chance I remember was when they hit the post.’

The gaffer also confirmed post game that he was hoping to get an extension on the striker’s loan given his form for us and performances of late, and Yates confirmed that although he’ll return to his parent club after the Barnet game on December 19, talks had already been had about doing a deal when the January transfer window opens.

‘Rhys has been a good addition to the squad and I had spoken to David Dunn about the possibility of taking him on loan again even before the game on Saturday. He led the line really well and looked bright and lively so we`ll see where we go. We`ve got him for another four weeks but we`ve put the wheels in motion so hopefully something can be sorted out. Obviously we`ve got to try to find the money but if he keeps putting in performances like that then hopefully the board will sanction it as I thought he was outstanding.’

Having gone four weeks without a goal, Murphy’s tally is now six in eleven for us. With six wins in nine as well, Murphy in his own interview was quick to praise the team.

The 25 year old explained.

‘We really came out of the traps against the wind which was important and on a personal level it was nice to get back on scoresheet having not scored for a while and to help the team pick up three points. I was feeling good after scoring the first goal and thought maybe the goalkeeper was not expecting a shot and tried my luck. Sometimes they can go anywhere but fortunately it flew in the back of the net and it gave us a bit of a cushion so we could relax. We really had to dig deep in the second half as they came back at us strongly as we knew they would but from No.1 to No.11 along with the subs that came on the whole team was outstanding.’

He added he’d be more than willing to extend his spell at Broadfield if a deal could be done.

‘I`m really enjoying my time at Crawley so my aim is to keep scoring and then see what the situation is when my loan runs out. Everyone has been fantastic at the club and made me feel really welcome and I`m glad I can repay them with a few goals. Hopefully they think I am playing well enough to want to keep me.’

Moving onto Northampton, and a two one defeat, it wasn’t how Yates wanted the night to go but he knows it was sloppy play for us in the main.

League Two – Crawley 1-2 Northampton
Audio – Yates On Sloppy Northampton Loss

Speaking to the Crawley News a disappointed gaffer explained that whilst we did lose to the better team on the evening, we still could’ve avoided it had we not been sloppy at key moments in the match.

‘They showed exactly what they are about first half. They have good players. They play a 4-3-2-1 and in my opinion they are the best side in the league I have seen play in that formation. They were ruthless with their two goals. Their second was a great strike, but we played into their hands first half and we didn’t help ourselves. We were sloppy on the ball and invited them to pressure us, which we found difficult to withstand. We lost to a good side but we managed to give them a good scare.’

He went on to add that there were positives he could take from the game, but clearly we need to be less sloppy in future, and more potent in the final third of the pitch.

‘We just were not able to prize the door open. We huffed and puffed but lacked that touch of quality when we needed it. We scored the penalty and were unlucky not to score a couple more goals but sometimes we lack that killer instinct. That isn’t a criticism, I couldn’t be happier with the boy’s effort.’

With Carlisle up next, he ended by saying.

‘We need to pick our heads up and go again. It is a tough place to go, every game is tough, but we need to head there with belief we can get a result.’

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