Gabriele Cioffi says his Crawley team did not deserve to be booed after drawing at home to Morecambe.

But a run of one win in ten League Two games is causing concern among Reds fans.

Crawley looked set to bring in three points when Bez Lubala put them ahead against bottom-of-the-table Morecambe just before half-time.

But a rare bit of quality gave the visitors a 1-1 draw, and took them off 24th place, as Cole Stockton finished a nice move on 81 minutes.

A significant proportion of the home support let their disappointment known at the final whistle.

It was unclear whether they were unhappy with their team, who had 22 goal attempts but just three on target, or boss Cioffi, who is coming under fire from some supporters.

But all is not well at the People’s Pension Stadium.

Cioffi was unhappy with the full-time reaction.

He told The Argus: “From day one I have said one thing – all together.

“I don’t think the boys deserved the boos.

“If the boos were for me, I accept this and I keep my chin up.

“But I don’t think they deserved the boos.

“I was surprised. I understand they were upset for the result but I prefer to be their target and not the boys.”

Asked who he though the boos were aimed at, Cioffi said: “I think it was for both.

“But it is not a problem at all.

“They pay for the ticket and, as soon as they do that, they are able, respecting the persona, to say what they want.

“If it is a good show, they clap. If it is not a good show, they boo.

“That’s football. But, for the reality we are in and what the boys have done, I don’t think it was the right moment to do it.”

Cioffi insists his target is still 50 points and safety and cites progress in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup as pluses for the campaign so far.

Reds will bank an extra £15,000 after their second-round tie at home to Fleetwood was switched to Sunday as part of the BBC’s coverage.

He also felt his side played well on Saturday though that was arguable.

They certainly got into good areas once they had survived a rocky opening in which Morecambe might have gone ahead on three occasions.

Reece Grego-Cox is a talent to watch down the right.

Some of his deliveries deserved more and, at other times, his own end product needed to be better.

But at least he, like sub Ashley Nathaniel-George on the other side, looked like making things happen.

Their only goal resulted from a clumsy and needless challenge by Tom Brewitt to bring down David Sesay.

Lubala confidently tucked the spot kick into the bottom corner.

That looked enough to settle Reds and they pushed forward for a second after the break without troubling keeper Mark Halstead.

Still, a Shrimpers leveller seemed unlikely until the moment Reds cleared a corner with no one left upfield.

The visitors worked a nice move down their right, Brewitt put over a low cross and Stockton reacted quicker than Ollie Palmer to turn home a first-time finish.

Nathaniel-George almost grabbed a late winner when his angled shot was tipped wide by Halstead.

But Reds could not head off the full-time jeers.