Date: 16th November 2015 at 8:04am
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Manager Mark Yates was delighted at full time in this weekend’s game against Exeter with Crawley managing to find the late leveller to give us a point from the match.

Audio – Yates & Rooney On Exeter Draw

In quotes carried by the Crawley Observer from his post game media duties, the gaffer explained that it was a case of all credit to the second half substitutes Luke Rooney, Shamir Fenelon and Lee Barnard given their impact on the match.

‘It was deserved, it is always harsh on the home team to score in the 92nd minute. We kept plugging away, we kept going, we didn`t just let the game peter out. We showed a lot of spirit and we`ve come a long way since the start of the season, since the middle of September. So pleasing we are making progress. We are far the finished article but we are finding a way to play and we are working really hard at it.’

Yates went on to talk about the substitutes and took a little bit of credit for them.

‘I thought the substitutions played a massive part. I thought it was tactical genius from myself!’

Moving swiftly on, he went on to say that him and Jimmy Dack had been talking about making more use of options from the bench and being ‘cute’ with them and that certainly worked on Saturday.

‘We have been talking about using our substitutions a bit more and making them more a bit cute, keeping the tempo, about keeping the momentum going. The ones we made today made a difference. Barny came on and probably did as well as he has done, Shamir came on and looked a threat, Luke Rooney came on and scored a great goal.’

With centre half Jon Ashton taking a whack to the face that led to his substitution, Yates said he didn’t expect him to be missing for long whatever the outcome of the scans.

‘He`ll be fine – he took a whack and he has gone to have an X-ray with a suspected broken cheek bone. He`s a big, tough centre half and I`m surprised he`s even wanted to go! We`ve got a lot of spirit, a lot of fighters, some good players and if you put all that together we are not a bad team. We`ve limited a decent footballing side. We`ve limited them to three or four attempts on goal.’

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