'I can't remember a better atmosphere in all my time at the club' - Crawley Town chief praises fans, but has flare warning

Crawley Town fans on the pitch after the Stoke City win
Crawley Town fans on the pitch after the Stoke City win

Crawley Town Operations Director Kelly Derham says the support of our fans made such a difference in Tuesday night's historic Carabao Cup win over Stoke City.

The home stands were completely sold out and everyone went home happy after Reds won a penalty shoot-out 5-3 after the teams had drawn 1-1 in 90 minutes.

Derham said: "I can't remember a better atmosphere in all my time at the club. The fans got behind the team from the first whistle to Ollie's winning penalty and it made such a difference. The place was so vibrant."

The only disappointing aspect of the night was the throwing of flares onto the pitch perimeter.

Kelly added: "We were warned after similar incidents at the Norwich game by the FA and I expect they will now take action against the club.

"The club cannot condone any actions which brings our good name into disrepute and I would ask all spectators to bear this in mind at future home games.

"Similarly, although good-natured the pitch invasion at the end will mean a lot of hard work for our groundstaff over the next few days to repair the damage caused. We made a big investment in the pitch in 2018 and, once again, I would appeal to all our fans to stay off the playing area at all times."