'We want to finish with pride' - Crawley Town skipper George Francomb on Crawley Town's exciting goalless draw at home to Forest Green Rovers
Crawley Town skipper George Francomb says that the match earlier today was as "exciting" as it can get for 0-0 draw.
In a resolute defensive display, the Reds battled hard to earn a point against a promotion chasing Forest Green, with the skipper's return a key part of a solid performance from the backline.
"It was an enjoyable one to play in," explained Francomb, who made his first start since returning from injury, after a short spell sidelined. "We didn't quite get going in the first half, but I thought there was a spell of 20-30 minutes in the second half where we were on top of them.
"I think as a 0-0 goes, it was quite an entertaining one".
Throughout, Crawley had their chances. Winger Sam Matthews hit the bar from the edge of the box, whilst Ashley Nadesan and Tarryn Allarkhia both went close with headers that were well saved.
At the other end, the Reds were indebted to an impressive backline. Centre-backs Joe McNerney and Jordan Tunnicliffe both made vital blocks, whilst Glenn Morris, as always, starred between the sticks. An instinctive double-save at the start of the second-half, saw the Crawley keeper spring into action to deny Forest Green twice from close range in quick succession.
At the heart of the defensive showing was the skipper, who did well on his return to action. Francomb played 80 minutes, before being subbed, with his boss, John Yems, citing that the skipper was still working his way up to full match-fitness.
"It was tough. The conditions are tough," added Francomb, who worked tirelessly throughout. "We dug in [and] it's good to be back out there.
"It's disappointing to come up short in terms of getting into the play-offs," he emphasised. "If we go on to pick up 4/6 points [from the last two games]...then we can look back and say it's been a solid season.
"Hopefully we will get a couple more positive results [because] we want to finish as high as we can and build on that [next year]".