Crawley reaction

Newport County AFC's assistant manager Wayne Hatswell says the Exiles lacked a cutting edge in their 1-1 draw against 10-man Crawley Town.

County went ahead inside the opening five minutes when Ryan Haynes rifled beyond Glenn Morris to notch up his first goal of the campaign.

But an own-goal from Mickey Demetriou helped the home side get back into the game, even though they failed to register a shot on target at the People's Pension Stadium.

Tarryn Allarakhia was shown a straight red card in the second half, which gave the Exiles the chance to restore their lead, but Hatswell felt they failed to trouble Morris enough to secure maximum points at the People's Pension Stadium.

"We should have won the game," said Hatswell.

"We just couldn’t quite find that cutting edge and it's two points dropped.

"We’ve got to be killing teams off really, it’s a tough place to come and they have been doing well of late.

"I didn’t really see their keeper tested enough for our liking with all the possession we knew we were going to have. We wanted to get in crosses and get in the good central areas.

"Haynes had a good chance at the end similar to the one he scored, and he’s just placed it over. That was probably their relief more than anything and they’re probably delighted with the point."

County temporarily slipped down to second in the Sky Bet League Two table when Carlisle United blew Bolton Wanderers away with a dominant first-half display to race into a 3-0 lead, but the Cumbrians fought back to secure a draw.

The Exiles were left frustrated not to take advantage of second-placed Forest Green Rovers' draw against Exter City earlier in the afternoon, but Hatswell says they can reflect on it as another point in the right direction. 

"They’ve been doing really well of late and we got another point away from home, albeit we’re disappointed it’s not three," he added.

"We are still top of the league. We are in the right place and there are no trophies given out for blips and good runs, so we want to be there and there abouts and we’ve got to turn an away point that we’ve got into a performance at home.

"Maybe on a different day we would win that game 3-1 or 4-1 and we’d have three points to take back on the coach, but we’ve got to go again now with a lot of games coming up.

"We’ve had a lot of games, we’ve had a lot of travelling like everybody else and we’ve just got to be ready for Tuesday now."