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League One

Barker not getting carried away

2 September 2012

Crawley boss Richie Barker was keen to adopt a sense of realism after his side continued their impressive start to the season with a third win in four league games.

A 72nd-minute goal from on-loan striker Nicky Ajose proved enough to condemn Leyton Orient to a third successive league defeat at the Broadfield Stadium.

Barker was quick to admit he would have gladly taken nine points from four games at the beginning of the season following the Reds' back-to-back promotions, but he warned of difficult challenges ahead.

"I would have taken nine points as we have already played two of the favourites to go up and we are new to the league," said Barker.

"We won back-to-back promotions but we must be careful we don't get carried away. We have just played against a side that has been in the division for 10 years and there will be difficult times ahead. Games like this can be difficult and there will be more of them.``

Orient manager Russell Slade thinks belief is the key element his side need in order to kick-start their season.

Slade gave a league debut to goalkeeper Ryan Allsop and also drafted in recent signings Martin Rowlands and Lee Cook, and was disappointed his men remain pointless after what he described as a "typical League One game".

"Crawley had one or two chances and we just needed more belief in and around the box,`` said Slade.

"Had we scored it would have given us a fantastic lift. Crawley had possession but they didn't batter the door down. The players just need belief as games are very tight.

"This was a typical League One match and there was very little in it. We were well and truly in the game but at times we looked a bit leggy towards the end."

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