Kelly Offers Blunt Reaction of Crawley Town’s Loss to Forest Green Rovers…

Liam Kelly provided a candid evaluation of Crawley Town’s performance following their 2-1 loss to Forest Green Rovers. In his assessment, Kelly acknowledged that Crawley Town was solely responsible for their defeat on Saturday.

The match saw Callum Morton scoring twice in the first half to overturn Ronan Darcy’s early goal, resulting in Crawley’s fourth loss in five League Two games. Kelly, leading the team in the absence of Ben Gladwin, expressed that they began the game well, especially in the first 25 minutes. They achieved an early goal and controlled the game, with missed opportunities to further increase their lead, a recurring issue throughout the season. Kelly identified several areas that needed improvement, including their efficiency in the final third.

Crawley’s manager, Scott Lindsey, described the goals conceded as ‘gifts,’ a sentiment that Kelly echoed. He acknowledged that the team made costly errors, but stressed that they should have been ahead by a more significant margin, which could have altered the outcome. Kelly emphasized that they couldn’t attribute their loss to anyone but themselves and called for a collective effort to perform better.

The decisive goal from Morton came deep into second-half stoppage time and had a demoralizing effect on Crawley. Kelly admitted that their attacking players failed to challenge Forest Green’s goalkeeper, James Belshaw, in the second half. He emphasized the need to improve their offensive efforts, including delivering crosses and taking shots to enhance their performance in the final third.

Looking ahead to their upcoming game against Notts County in the first round proper of the FA Cup, Kelly expressed the team’s eagerness to compete and win. He highlighted the special significance of the FA Cup and anticipated an exciting match at the impressive Meadow Lane stadium, emphasizing their determination to emerge victorious.



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