Crawley Town manager Mark Yates was hugely disappointed with his team’s display in losing 4-1 to Notts County as they slipped into the bottom-two.
Yates said: “I am massively frustrated and massively disappointed for the supporters who made the trek up and were supporting us at home.
“We started the game well, got the ball down and played with real threats and perhaps could’ve done better with the chances we had.
“We decided to press the self-destruct button and not deal with things and make poor clearances and all of a sudden, within a minute, we were 2-1 down.
Crawley suffered their third successive defeat when Liam Noble and Mike Edwards each struck twice as Notts County recovered from going behind to record a resounding win.
Keeper Roy Carroll’s clearance cannoned off Bobson Bawling for debutant Rhys Murphy to put the visitors in front.
Notts levelled when Edwards headed in after a throw-in, and a minute later Noble lashed in to the top corner.
Noble then converted a penalty after Izale McLeod was fouled and another Edwards header sealed Crawley’s fate.
The winning margin could have been even greater but McLeod, against the club he left to join County in August, was denied by Freddie Woodman, while Graeme Burke’s long-range strike was also well saved by the visiting keeper.
Sonny Bradley forced Carroll to make a good save to deny his short-range header.
REDS: Woodman, Bawling (Barnard 61), Ashton, Bradley, Scales (Donnelly 80), Smith, Jenkins, Henderson, Rooney (Walton 73), Young, Murphy,
Unused subs: Walton, Barnard, Preston, Donnelly
NOTTS COUNTY: Carroll, Swerts, Edwards, Hollis, Hewitt, Campbell, Smith, Aborah, Burke (Jenner 69), Noble, McLeod (Stead 78)
Unused subs: Snijders, Loach, Thompson, Jenner, Stead, Audel, Sprockel
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