Dermot Drummy delighted as Crawley move up to fifth

Dermot Drummy delighted as Crawley move up to fifth

Crawley head coach Dermot Drummy is delighted that a busy summer of rebuilding is translating into a good run of form.

The Red Devils are up to fifth in Sky Bet League Two after a second-half goal from Mark Connolly earned a 1-0 win against Blackpool.

Former Chelsea and Arsenal youth coach Drummy brought in no fewer than 20 players to make Crawley the busiest league club, and the 55-year-old Londoner believes things are falling nicely into place.

He said: "We have two goals for Crawley. The first is stability in league two and the second is can we get to the play-offs? We will assess that at Christmas.

"It is good for Crawley and everyone associated with the club.

"I've got the opportunity and whatever we can do to make it positive we will do."

Crawley conceded a late goal to drop two points against Colchester in midweek, and Drummy was pleased his men held firm in the closing stages on this occasion.

He added: "In the end we defended resolutely.To get three wins and a draw in our last four games you have got to have momentum, and it has been how we have bounced back from suffering three straight defeats.

"We are pleased with the spirit the players are showing and the way the fans are behind us. We are obliged to go out and try and entertain them."

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer felt Connolly's winning goal should not have counted, believing goalkeeper Dean Lyness was fouled as the defender put the ball in the net.

He said: "It's not really a goal conceded from a set play when there is a foul on the goalkeeper. Deano said himself he has got a bit of a fat lip.

"It should have been given as a foul on the keeper."

Bowyer added: "We are all frustrated at not taking something from the match.

"Crawley are a good team and we stopped them playing. I can't remember them creating too many chances.

Bowyer admitted that his side did not reach the standards they produced in the 3-1 home victory over Portsmouth in their previous outing.

The former Blackburn chief complained: "We went back to doing what we did before the Portsmouth game.We played as individuals and made hard work for ourselves."

Winger Danny Philliskirk failed to make the most of two opportunities in the first half and Bowyer admitted: "We should have been out of sight in the first half. We created chances but were not the same in the second half."

Bowyer confirmed that skipper Andy Taylor, forced off mid-way through the first half, suffered a broken nose.