VIDEO: Richie Barker - ‘Tom Eaves was a thorn in our side’

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Crawley Town manager Richie Barker acknowledged Shrewsbury’s hat-trick scorer Tom Eaves was the difference between the two sides as the Reds slipped to a 3-0 defeat.

He said: “We had the most possession, the most chances and the most shots and got beat 3-0. Tom Eaves was a real thorn in the side all afternoon and was excellent. It’s a steep learning curve for our young strikers particularly people like Jamie Proctor. He was the difference.”

Crawley Town V Stevenage Borough 29-3-13 (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Crawley Town V Stevenage Borough 29-3-13 (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Barker wants the side, who are 13th, to push for a high finish even though reaching the play-offs is going to be ‘extremely tough.’

He said: “I’m determined the season isn’t going to frizzle out, I’m going to make sure players don’t think that as well. We want to finish as high up the table as possible.”

Click on the video above to watch Richie speaking after Monday’s game.