Date: 31st August 2015 at 5:59pm
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Speaking after the scoreless draw at the weekend against last season’s League Two Play Off finalists Wycombe Wanderers manager Mark Yates said he was pretty pleased with the progress he sees us making now, and he doesn’t believe we go into games fearing anybody anymore.

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In quotes carried by the Crawley News from his post game media interviews, the gaffer explained that he felt in many ways we probably should’ve come out with the victory given the chances we had and our overall attacking display on the day.

‘I think the supporters at the end showed their appreciation for the efforts of the players. I thought we worked our socks off and it was a good game of football for 0-0. They are used to winning and it was important that we showed them respect but also didn`t fear them. Putting the ball in the back of the net proved a bit elusive; there were a few wasteful finishes and a few good saves from their keeper, but I have no problem with the effort that the players put in.’

Having been accused of parking the bus for a solid point against Portsmouth the other week, Yates said that would hopefully be a one off, but he had to take games as they come and set us up to get something from them.

‘The Portsmouth game was hopefully a one-off and for me, that got us three points against Cambridge. We don`t fear anybody. The Portsmouth game was the fourth game in ten days and we had a bit of a breather after Cambridge. Our aim against Wycombe was to get three points and capitalise on a good win last week. We couldn`t quite manage that but it wasn`t through lack of effort but just putting the ball in the back of the net.’

With the substitution of Joe McNerney, Yates went on to say it was owing to a niggling knee injury that he’d picked up, but overall it was praise to the players.

‘There was one or two outstanding performances out there. I thought Christian Scales was brilliant and Jon Ashton, Sonny Bradley, and Jimmy Smith, who went to right-back. We didn`t look like we were going to concede a goal; Freddie has one ball flash against goal late on and otherwise Freddie made, not a mistake but a shot has come off him and he`s got up and got the next one. I thought we would go on and win the game; the belief was there from the players and the staff. But it didn`t quite happen for us.’

It was also a third successive clean sheet for Woodman who has now been called up for his England age group as well.

Speaking more about McNerney he added in a second interview portion.

‘He just got a kick on his knee last week and it was sore. Joe didn`t train Monday or Tuesday but then he trained Thursday, no problem, and then didn`t train on Friday and felt OK before the game but it just flared up a little bit during the first half. We covered everything on Friday and planned for Jimmy to play at right-back if he needed to and he was great back there; his energy and the quality of his balls and he got forward. We have people who don`t mind where they play and are happy to do a job for the team and that`s great news.’

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