Crawley Town boss Richie Barker was left to rue late lapses as Crawley saw a two goal lead disappear in the dying moments of today’s 2-2 draw at Walsall in League One.
Goals from Jamie Proctor and Paul Hayes, his first since signing on loan from Brentford, put the Reds firmly in charge, but when Jamie Paterson cut inside and saw his 89th minute shot deflected in, it set up a grandstand finish, during which Will Grigg tucked-away a close-range leveller in stoppage time.
“It’s tough to take, because everything we did was working,” Barker declared. “We had a game plan and it was working, the disappointing thing is that the goals were avoidable. We said at half time the small details will win or lose us this game, and so it proved.
“It was frustrating. After 88 minutes, I could not see how they were going to get an opportunity, but we showed Paterson inside (for his goal) and if you do not do the right things, you are going to get punished.”
Crawley now sit ten points off the League One play-off places, with nine games to play, but Barker is refusing to give up hope of a top six spot.
“Having gone 2-0 up we really should be seeing games through,” he added. “It’s going to make it difficult for us, We should be eight points better off and that would almost put us in the play-offs. The young players are having to grow up very quickly they need to demand more of each other to make sure this does not happen.”