Crawley Town head coach Harry Kewell: ‘We were playing the ball into the wrong areas’

Harry Kewell has done some shrewd business this summer
Harry Kewell has done some shrewd business this summer

Crawley Town head coach Harry Kewell revealed his side were playing the ball into the ‘wrong areas’ during their 2-2 draw at home to Swindon Town.

He acknowledged the significance of them earning the point but was not happy with his side for going two goals down in the first place.

Swindon raced to 2-0 by half-time through goals by James Dunne and Keshi Anderson.

In a manic second half, Swindon had two players sent-off and Ollie Palmer scored twice to clinch a 2-2 draw.

Speaking to the Crawley Town website Kewell said: “I’m disappointed because I felt we were the better team, disappointed we went behind.

“But I’m pleased that we came back from two goals down, regardless if they were down to ten or nine men.

“The second half was a rollercoaster - they scored twice against the run of play.”

He praised his side for getting the two goals to draw the game.

Kewell said: “The team showed character to go from two goals down to 2-2.

“We left it late but it’s important we stopped the losing streak and got the point.

“They were trying to waste time and break up our rhythm and their ‘keeper was excellent.

“Our delivery of crosses was not good, which was surprising as we have been working on that.

“We were putting the ball in the wrong areas - if we had put balls in the right areas we could have got back into the game a lot quicker and gone on to take three points.”

Kewell disagreed with all three red card decisions.

He said: “If I had been their manager I would have been disappointed.

“They were old-fashioned challenges and on another week they would have let you play-on.

“The one with Josh Payne, I felt the referee was just evening things up - I didn’t think it was a red card.”

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