'It’s the first time it’s happened to us, let’s hope it’s the last' - Crawley Town manager John Yems gracious in defeat

Crawley coach John Yems was gracious in defeat following his side’s home unbeaten run being ended by Carlisle United.

Saturday, 21st November 2020, 8:22 pm

Rhys Bennett’s debut goal opened the scoring for the Cumbrians, with Josh Kayode and Aaron Hayden getting in on the act, as Carlisle ran out 3-0 winners.

Yems hopes that today was a blip on Crawley’s otherwise impressive home record: “It was one of those games. It’s the first time it’s happened to us, let’s hope it’s the last. Credit to Carlisle, they came here, and I would say that’s the worst (Crawley) performance since I’ve been here, but it just wasn’t us today, was it? But credit to them, they’re a good side, they know what they’re doing, but we knew all that anyway, and let’s just hope we don’t have too many days like that."

John Yems watches on against Carlisle United

Yems brought Jake Hesketh back into the Crawley side following his 3-match ban, and reacted to a battling performance from the loanee: He was in the wars because good players get kicked.

"All good players get kicked, that’s never changed in football. But I’m not singling any player out for being good, bad or ugly because as a team we weren’t good enough, and that’s what showed, we weren’t good enough as a team.

"Do we learn from it? Do we push on from it? Let’s hope so, let’s go on another run now”.

Yems admits he will have to rotate his team a bit now, following David Sesay’s red card, on top of the injuries to George Francomb and Archie Davies at right-back: “It is what it is, it’s football.

"We’ve got to jiggle it around now and see who goes where and what goes there. You enjoy it when you win so obviously I’m not happy, but that’s life, but let’s get reality in it we’ve lost a football match 3-0 against a side which were well organised and we deserved to get beat, they were better than us.”

“We haven’t been in this position before, luckily, so it’s a good learning curve for them, let’s see where we go on from here, it’s a different challenge we’ve got to face now.”