Crawley Town manager Mark Yates praised his latest signing Freddie Woodman as he made a fine debut in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win at National League North club Nuneaton Town.
A penalty by Simon Walton at the end of the first half was added to by two further goals in two minutes just after the hour mark by Joe McNerney and a Matt Harrold header.
Reds handed a debut to goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who completed his loan move from Newcastle United on Wednesday afternoon.
Yates said: “What Freddie did he did he did well. You can see he’s a confident young man - I’ve been after him all summer and I’ve got him! There were one or two others after him, but we like him.
“I’d like to thank Lee Charnley and everyone at Newcastle for allowing it to make it happen.
“The kid’s a great keeper and has got a tremendous future. The only way he’s going to get a start is in his first loan spell.”
There were second run-outs in the space of 48 hours for full-back trialists Durrell Berry and Brian Van De Bogaert, who had to go off after just 15 minutes suffering from a knee injury.
Reds did not include striker Izale McLeod in the squad because of illness.
There is speculation Crawley’s topscorer last season who still has a year’s contract is about to be sold to Coventry City.
The hosts included former Premier League striker Marlon Harewood in their starting line-up.
Yates said: “It was a good win, a good performance in patches. It was completely different from Monday night. I changed a lot of the team to give gametime.
“One or two of them who didn’t start the game on Monday night did really well and staked a big claim which was really good.
“They got some really good players and one or two of them caused us problems.
“It’s a clean sheet and a win and another performance towards playing Oxford United at the start of the season.
“I feel like we’ve come a long way. We are far from the finished article. There was loads I wanted to improve on tonight. We went 4-4-2 just to see if we could do it.
“I thought we got some great crosses, particularly in the first 20 minutes and we scored from a couple of set-pieces.
“We had great delivery and we’ve got some big headers in the team who were here and it was some pleasing stuff.”
Reds: Woodman, Berry, Van De Bogaert (Niheme 15), Walton (Smith 46), Bradley (McNerney 46), Henderson, Young (Edwards 60), Fenelon (Deacon 70), Ashton, Bawling (Rooney 70), Harrold. Subs: Preston (gk), Niheme, Summerfield.
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