Saunders salutes a ‘brilliant’ three points at Swindon

Dean Saunders Crawley Town Manager V MK Dons (Pic by Jon & Joe Rigby) PPP-151001-201643004
Dean Saunders Crawley Town Manager V MK Dons (Pic by Jon & Joe Rigby) PPP-151001-201643004

Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders labelled their second away win of the season at Swindon this afternoon as a brilliant three points.

A Gavin Tomlin goal two minutes from time saw Reds pinch a 2-1 win and move to within a point of safety in League One.

Anthony Wordsworth had given the visitors the lead after just five minutes and Crawley put in a sterling defensive display to shut out promotion-chasing Swindon until after the break.

Andy Williams hit his 20th goal of the season to level just before the hour mark, before Tomlin crashed home via the underside of the bar late on.

Saunders said: “It’s a brilliant three points, even if everybody was alright, but we had ten players missing today that were not available to play, so the boys have done brilliant to get the points and it was about the way we play as well.

“I am really pleased because at one point yesterday we didn’t have a centre-half. With ten players out our squad is just not big enough to cope with that, but we managed it today.

“As long as you pick yourself up when you get beat, we aren’t going to win every game, but they will start to feel like they can now. They’ll be a bit of confidence in the team.

“Lewis (Price) didn’t have too many saves to make. First half he had a couple and second half probably a couple, but we defended really well.

“Midfield organised themselves really well and they couldn’t get through us.

“I am really pleased for the fans because they travel all around the country and obviously Crawley does seem to be miles from anywhere, but they have been with us all season.

“We haven’t won away since the first game of the season, that’s off our backs now and hopefully we can do that again next week.”

On Swindon, Saunders added: “They are probably the best team in the league, they play an unusual system and we decided to let them have the ball in their own half and we kept them at bay.

“They obviously have some really good players, but we kept them at bay and scored early which helped us.

“Their goal was a counter attack from them and he got in behind Sonny (Bradley) with a good finish from their point of view, but not form ours. Then Gavin has hit a screamer at the end of the game.”

Saunders also noted it was probably the home side that looked like they would go on to win the game after the equaliser in his jovial style.

“I imagine everyone watching the game thought Crawley are going to nick this, and we did,” the Reds boss quipped.