Crawley Town manager Mark Yates said his side were not at the races in their final pre-season game at Whitehawk.
He said; “I was not best pleased but I’d rather it happened now than next week!
“I thought Whitehawk were excellent. We couldn’t get near them all day today.
“We had a general tiredness and lethargy. As long as they put in a performance next week I’ll allow them that.
“They were better than us by a million miles and credit to them for that.”
Yates accepted the bafflying referee’s decision which led to Whitehawk’s second goal, during which Luke Rooney was on the floor and the assistant referee flagged for offside, which was overuled.
Yates said: “She has stood there with her flag up in the air for a few seconds and then taken it down.
“He (the referee) has given me an explanation and it’s alright and I understand what he was saying.
“Luke Rooney was down five yards behind them and once she has stood there with her flag up we were expecting the whistle to blow but I accept what he said - it’s not a problem.”
He added: “I feel for them because we’ve worked really hard this week. We’ll be there for next week after a blip today and can pick up things from today.
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