Crawley Town defender Joel Lynch felt embarrassed by his team’s performance during their 2-1 loss at League Two basement club Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

The Iron took the lead in the first half thanks to a George Francomb own goal, they then scored early in the second half through AFC Bournemouth loanee Jake Scrimshaw.

Red striker Kwesi Appiah pulled one back in the 73rd minute, but it was not enough to must a come back.

The defeat was the Reds fourth in their last five league games, leaving them16th in the table.

Lynch said: “I feel embarrassed to be honest. We know, as a team, there’s no excuses.

“We’ve got to take that one as a team. It’s our fault that we lost and we should not be losing that game.

“The way we played was just not good enough. We were miles off it.

“It was just a bad day. We have to let it go and move on to the next game and make things right.

“It can’t happen again. I’ve played football long enough, and I know you have those bad days, but that was one of the worst days.

“It should not have happened and the lads have got to take it.

“It was nothing to do about how we were set up or how we prepared. It’s the lads who played and we’ve got to take it and move on and put it right in the next game.”

The goal scored by Appiah, was his third goal in four games, it did give Crawley a some hope of a result, but Lynch said the Reds left it too late to take points.

He added: “We don’t need to be leaving it late. It was always going to be a hard game because of their situation.

“They were always going to try and come out and they might have a good 20-minute spell, but we gave them confidence.

“We gave the ball away so much that we gave them confidence and it’s just not like us.

“We don’t need to slip down that road, and we need to be building confidence.

“We need to be getting better on the ball. It was just a very bad day.

“We apologise to the fans but it can’t happen again.”