Sturrock: 'Let them bully us'; Rayner: 'Could have had more goals'

17 August 2011 01:25
Crawley Town 3 Southend United 0: After the Shrimpers 14 minutes of madness one boss says that we have to 'lick our wounds', the other's assistant that 'we played some fantastic football.' Sturrock: Blues boss Paul Sturrock was as honest in defeat as he has been in our opening two league victories, when in all honesty, the Shrimpers lost the plot in a crazy 14 minute spell after the break. Sturrock told “In the first half I thought we did OK and had two or three chances ourselves but in the second half we looked a different team. We let them bully us and, although their first goal was quite fortunate, I was disappointed by our reaction to it. Our heads went down and we let ourselves down. The second half was a horror show in all honesty and I told my players to go away and look at themselves in the mirror, which is what I will be doing too.” In our preview, though EEB says this every week, did believe that playing veteran Graham Coughlan three times in a week was pushing it, we can play Peter Gilbert Luggy with Luke Prosser in the middle, and sure enough when he came off kanckered on 65 minutes it was the singnal for our fasting Frenchman to go feral! Our warrior indeed! Sturrock explained: “Cougho had run his race and was tiring back there and I had to bring Bilel on. It backfired on us unfortunately but now we have to go away, lick our wounds and make sure we come back stronger.” Crawley No.2 Paul Raynor opposite Barry Fry's younger brother   Not surprisingly, after a 3-0 win, Red Devils assistant boss Paul Ryner was a happy boy who at least had the decency to admit their opening goal just might have had a touch of luck about it.   Stanley boss John Coleman though would probably believe that's karma for Ryan Hall's winner on Saturday! Rayner told "I thought we were superb in the second half tonight. Early on we were a bit quick to hit it long but after the break we settled it down and we played some fantastic football. We might have been fortunate with the first goal, Dean Howell says he meant it but I think he is the only person who believes it. That said we could have had several more goals after that and we really deserved the three points against a good Southend side tonight." Mr. Raynor, in his prime, but this bloke has had a serious career, even beats Drew Broughton's!: