Reds boss pleased with a point

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Crawley boss Richie Barker was satisfied as his team held on for a 1-1 draw at Notts County to remain fourth in League One.

Reds had to weather the storm after falling behind to a goal from Neal Bishop after 12 minutes.

Jonathan Forte equalised against the run of play on the stroke of half-time before Lee Hughes and Yoann Arquin missed good chances to snatch all three points in the second half.

Barker said: "I'm pleased with a point and pleased with the character we showed.

"They were flying to start with but you expect that after back-to-back wins. There was a ten minute spell in both halves when they missed chances but we created chances as well, although they weren't as clear cut as theirs.

"I am amazed it finished 1-1 as it looked like a basketball game at one point but we showed some character and made sure we didn't get beaten."

Barker was delighted Forte responded to his call-up to the starting XI with a goal after making the big decision to drop skipper Gary Alexander who had gone 13 games without a goal.

He added: "I think he needed a break and he took the decision well. In fact I think he was relieved.

"I thought Jonathan was a real threat. In the first ten or 15 minutes he looked like the catalyst to get us something and he deserved his goal."

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8:13pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Bowmanc says...

Richie, if you are reading the fans seemed pretty pleased as well. I am telling you there was near euphoric scenes being played out with high fives and group hugs at the end.

County were on fire during that 1st half and their goal was of high quality, but we hung in and deserved a point.

You will probably have some bruised and tired players tomorrow morning but at least you have a week on the training ground to get ready for Walsall. Keep it going !
Richie, if you are reading the fans seemed pretty pleased as well. I am telling you there was near euphoric scenes being played out with high fives and group hugs at the end. County were on fire during that 1st half and their goal was of high quality, but we hung in and deserved a point. You will probably have some bruised and tired players tomorrow morning but at least you have a week on the training ground to get ready for Walsall. Keep it going ! Bowmanc
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