Mark Yates blames defensive mistakes

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Crawley Town boss Mark Yates admitted he wants to tighten up his back-four after defensive mistakes cost his side both goals in their 2-0 defeat at Wycombe.

Reds went behind after only seven minutes when a Crawley defender failed to clear the ball, leaving a simple task for Wycombe’s Max Kretzschmar to score.

Crawley were often put on the back foot to the extend that Jon Ashton had to clear off the line just before half-time.

Reds were living dangerously in the closing stages with several attacks either going close or needing a last-ditch clearance.

Finally another mistake at the back in the 90th minute led to Wycombe’s second goal, headed in at the far post by Sam Wood.

Yates said: “They (Wycombe) are good at what they do and they keep asking questions of you.

“And if I was the opposing manager I’d ask questions of that back-four because they don’t always get the right answers.

“We have talked about doing things properly, being solid and trying to keep a clean-sheet and we gift them a chance after a minute and a goal after three or four.

“We were always chasing the game and we have had a go, I can’t criticise the boys’ effort, it just lacked a bit of quality in the final third.

“We were lacking a bit of quality at times and then got done on a sucker-punch.

“The game looked like it was just going to peter out and then we concede again. Poor defending from a goal-kick and we’ve been caught out and we’ve got to try to do something about it.

“We’ve got to be a bit more resolute out there. It’s difficult away from home and if we gift teams goals after five minutes then we are always going to be up against it.”

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