Barker: Skipper will find form

Crawley captain Gary Alexander has been backed by his manager to rediscover his goalscoring form after recently dropping him.

Last Updated: 13/11/12 at 12:40

Barker: Backs his captain

Barker: Backs his captain

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Reds' boss Richie Barker dropped Alexander for the first time this season following the striker's goal drought which has now spanned 13 matches.

"I think Gary needed a bit of help. He needed to be taken out of the situation, and you could see it in training on Friday, it was like a big weight had been taken off his shoulders," Barker told the Crawley Observer.

"I had the conversation and you could see there was a bit of relief in his face. He was banging them in during training, it was like the world had been lifted off his shoulders."

Barker, a former striker himself, sympathised with his captain and admitted his decision was partly formed by his own experience of going 14 games without a goal.

He added: "I look back and I wanted someone to make the decision for me. He agreed with my decision and said he had been waiting for me to do it. He will get his chance again. He has worked extremely hard."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Liverpool should start trying alternative therapy now, given that Sturridge's hips and knees are apparently unfathomable to modern medicine. Voodoo, acupuncture, healing oils, rolling in the snow after a hot bath, its all got to be worth a go now.

slideways
Sturridge doubt for run-in

W

ell thats the most one sided, Mourinho ass kissing, Terry loving conlcusions I have ever read. Does Daniel Storey have a tattoo of the Chelsea crest on his calf too? What a plonker.

goonergo
16 Conclusions: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

F

or the laugh we should finish the season with a front three of Borini & Balotelli, spearheaded by one R Lambert. What's the actual worst thing that could happen?

batdog
Liverpool 'can finish fourth'

Footer 365

Chelsea captain John Terry: We are definitely not boring

Chelsea captain John Terry claims that nobody will remember their defensive performances in the title run-in.

Javier Hernandez is hard to drop on current form, says Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits Javier Hernandez's starting position is non-negotiable given his current form.

Oscar available for Chelsea's trip to Leicester after head knock

Oscar has recovered from a blow to the head and will be available for Chelsea's trip to Leicester, says Jose Mourinho.

Mail Box

Is This What Arsenal Fans Feel Like?

'It's all well with the short and pretty passes, but we did absolute f*** all up front,' writes one Man United fan. We have mails on Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers and...

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company