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League One

Johnson rues second-half showing

13 March 2013

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson bemoaned his side's second-half collapse as Crawley fought back to earn a 2-2 draw at Huish Park.

The Glovers saw their seven-game winning home run come to an end after goals from Joe Walsh and Matt Sparrow cancelled out Byron Webster and Paddy Madden's first-half efforts.

Johnson admitted his side "weren't up for it" in the second half - and rued the loss of two potentially crucial points in the League One play-off chase.

He said: "We are really disappointed. They had nothing to lose in the second half and we had to deal with it, but as good as we were in the first half we were as poor in the second.

"It feels like a defeat because we never got going and gave ourselves a chance to score the next goal in the second half.

"Too many people were out of sorts and I've reminded them that, although it's been going well, very recently we haven't done enough to go out and win games. We need that competitiveness back. We had too many people who just didn't perform."

Crawley manager Richie Barker praised his side's second-half display - but also slammed referee James Adcock's decision not to award a late penalty which would potentially have presented Town with a chance for all three points.

He said: "I thought we weren't at races in first half but could have been 4-2 up. We hit the crossbar and (Paul) Hayes missed one of the best chances he's ever had.

"We weren't working hard enough and our tempo was nowhere near. We went out just wanting to look good. Some of our football was excellent but we were going nowhere.

"I told the lads a few home truths at half-time and a few of them told each other too. We said we needed to give it a go and I said to them they'd wasted 45 minutes of the season."

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