Barker aggrieved with defeat

Crawley manager Richie Barker felt his side were unlucky not to get something from their 2-0 League One loss at Tranmere.

Last Updated: 12/01/13 at 19:46

Barker: Left bitterly disappointed

Barker: Left bitterly disappointed

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First-half goals from debutant David Amoo and Zoumana Bakayogo proved the difference as Rovers retained their place at the summit on goal difference from Doncaster.

"The difference was that they were slightly more clinical in the final third," said Barker.

"I wouldn't disrespect them and say they didn't play as much football as us, but I thought we had by far the most possession and we've more than matched a team sitting at the top of the league.

"We had a couple of spells of intense pressure where we camped in their half for a while, although I did feel there was a couple of times where we let attacks fizzle out too many times.

"But they are not top of the league for no reason they've not conceded a great number of goals here. So they are never going to be easy to score against.

"It's going to be a tough month, with Sheffield United away, Tranmere away and then Swindon and Doncaster at home. We've pretty much got all the top sides in the space of a month, so we've got to hang in there and make the best of it that we can."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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