'If you look at that game I think it sums our season up' - Crawley Town boss John Yems on thrilling draw at Stevenage

Crawley Town's thrilling 3-3 draw at Stevenage this (Saturday) afternoon in League Two sums up their season, according to manager John Yems.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 6:47 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st May 2021, 6:52 pm
Crawley Town manager John Yems. Picture by Lewis Storey/Getty Images

Luke Norris' first half spot kick was cancelled out by skipper George Francomb.

But Norris struck again in the second half, before Terence Vancooten's own goal drew the Reds level again.

Substitute Arthur Read looked to have secured victory for Stevenage but Jack Powell's thunderbolt in stoppage time salvaged a point for Crawley.

Yems said: "If you look at that game I think it sums our season up.

"We gave away some terrible goals, we worked hard to get ourselves back in to the game, and you come off thinking what could have been again.

"When you take two points off the bottom two sides you don't deserve to be in the play-offs.

"We took our chances but the boys never gave in. They were trying and trying.

"I've never doubted the fighting spirit, it's the game management and when to play and not to play.

"The goals we gave away, you've got to be disappointed with, but they'll learn from it and improve next year."

A corner routine straight from the training ground saw the Reds make it 1-1 on 24 minutes. Francomb tucked home after a driven cross from Powell.

And Yems paid tribute to assistant manager Lee Bradbury for coming up with the routine.

He added: "I've got to give Bradders (Bradbury) credit there because Lee does the set-pieces.

"I should take credit for it. Because it came off, it was me, but if they don't then they're the ones that Lee does!

"We work hard to score our goals and yet we give away bad goals. That's something we've got to get out the habit of."

Powell proved to be the hero for Crawley thanks to his 92nd minute equaliser. The midfielder thumped home from 20-yards to secure a share of the spoils for the Reds.

Yems was delighted with the late equaliser but wanted his charges to take more attempts at goal.

He said: "I think they heard me in Brighton say shoot! I was screaming at everybody, I don't know why we don't?

"You get rebounds, you get this, you get that, but if you don't shoot you don't score."