Crawley Town boss Mark Yates says forget Barcelona, we’ve got Matt Harrold!

Crawley Town V Luton Town - Matt Harrold celebrates his goal (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151017-181233008
Crawley Town V Luton Town - Matt Harrold celebrates his goal (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151017-181233008
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Crawley Town manager Mark Yates praised Saturday’s match-winner Matt Harrold as being the star behind his team’s improving displays this season.

For the second week running his side recovered from a poor start to beat higher-placed sides.

Crawley Town V Luton Town - Matt Harrold celebrates his goal (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151017-181218008

Crawley Town V Luton Town - Matt Harrold celebrates his goal (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151017-181218008

Reds responded to his half-time team-talk with two goals by Rhys Murphy and Harrold which earned them a 2-1 win against Luton Town, their second in a row.

Yates said: “It was really important. We talked at half-time about believing like we did last week.

“I asked questions of them and called for more tempo and for one or two players who I thought didn’t influence the game in the first half to do so and they certainly did in the second half.

“We didn’t allow Luton to play well and credit to the players. We all started to come to the party and caused them problems. We had a little bit of wind behind us and that pushed us on top of them.

“They couldn’t handle Matt Harrold in the second half and he rightly got the man of the match award.

“He was outstanding. He’s been a big part of what we’re about this season. There’s no getting away from that fact.

“Everyone wants to see Barcelona, silky football I would imagine but we’ve got Matt Harrold in League Two and he can be a real threat!

“Jimmy (Dack) and George (Lawtey) the analyst have done a lot of work with him to be positive and showing where he scores his goals from and he’s doing really well.”

Reds have a tiring week this week with two marathon trips to the north.

They lost 3-1 to Morecambe on Tuesday night which will be quickly followed by the visit on Saturday to and 17th placed Hartlepool.

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