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No justice, claims Crawley boss

10 March 2013

Crawley boss Richie Barker insisted his team are not getting what they deserve after a goalless draw at home to Notts County did little to enhance either club's play-off ambitions.

The Red Devils boast four wins from their last seven away games, but only one victory in the last 11 matches at the Broadfield Stadium has seriously dented their bid to make a top-six challenge.

Barker said: "This is our first-ever season in League One and we`re making good teams shut up shop when they play against us. We were in the Conference two years ago, so when you have teams come and try to stop you playing it speaks volumes to how well we`ve done."

Crawley are having to make do without three of their best players in Kyle McFadzean, Josh Simpson and Billy Clarke and Barker feels it would be a test for any side in the division to have such important players out of action.

He added: "We're really taking it to teams, but unfortunately people are shutting up shop. We had loads of possession, but we are never a team who will lump it. We could have done with ugly goals.

"It was a good chance, but we`ll keep going until it is not mathematically possible. Of late, we have deserved more from the games that we have drawn. For this club to be where we are is fantastic. It's just disappointing we are not getting what we deserve."

The result extended Notts County's unbeaten run to seven games, but manager Chris Kiwomya is disappointed they have only won twice since he took charge. He said: "I want to win games and I'm disappointed with a point. We needed to win so it's points dropped."

In addition, Notts have only won four times since the end of November and Kiwomya admitted: "Away from home we've played well, but we need quality to finish teams off. We need a cutting edge. Looking at the play-offs we can still do it, but we need back-to-back wins.

"Hopefully I will be able to bring in a couple of players on loan to help us. I want players to win the shirt. We need to work at it as our final pass on the counter-attack wasn't good enough on the day.

"We've got to be able to take chances when they come."

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