Dean Saunders: ‘We were outclassed’

Doncaster score against Crawley Town (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151002-235809002

Doncaster score against Crawley Town (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151002-235809002

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Crawley Town interim manager Dean Saunders admitted Tuesday’s 5-0 defeat at home by Doncaster was ‘disastrous.’

He said: “It was an awful, disastrous night for us. We were really just hanging on after about five minutes, and I just felt like we were hanging on in the game.

Dean Saunders the new Crawley Town manager watches his side against Colchester (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-141228-185117004

Dean Saunders the new Crawley Town manager watches his side against Colchester (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-141228-185117004

“They were better than us in all departments. They were moving the ball better than us and keeping the ball better than us and we had too many players just giving the ball away.

“They had about eight or nine players who were playing in the Championship last year and it showed. Good players don’t give the ball away.

“The lads have just got to go home and watch the DVD and they’ve got to look at their own performances because I have got to talk to you, the owners of the club and the supporters about what happened.

“We just conceded a goal from a free-kick which was exactly the same as against Yeovil and I’ve just spent two days going over it.

“We are making under-18s mistakes, We have to hit the ground running and win some games. It was embarrassing for everyone at the club, especially for me as it was against my former club. You always want to do well against your old club.

“All credit to Doncaster they were much better than us.”

Saunders criticised skipper Joe Walsh for getting a red card with half an hour to go.

He said: “Joe’s sending-off for a punch was stupid - that was the last thing we wanted getting your captain sent-off. It also kills your team-mates who are left out there for half an hour.

“We got outclassed.”