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Crawley Town John Gregory backs Paul Connolly to the hilt

12 April 2014

Crawley Town manager John Gregory confirmed defender Paul Connolly has the full support of his club after a 2-0 win at Milton Keynes Dons halted a run of six straight defeats.

Connolly, who only lasted 10 minutes before being forced off with a groin injury, is contesting his FA charge following his altercation with a Brentford fan on Tuesday night.

First-half goals from Andy Drury and Mike Jones lifted the Red Devils six points clear of the relegation zone and surely ended MK Dons' play-off hopes.

Gregory said: "We'll support Paul 100 per cent.

"I think he's been in touch with the PFA and we'll stand by Paul no matter what happens, although we don't know when the FA will hear his appeal."

On the game Gregory added: "W e had one chance early on with Andy Drury and he scored whereas we've been in those situations many times over the previous six matches and have not taken the chance.

"There's been some good team performances over the last six matches, but we haven't got the results from it because we haven't taken the opportunities that we got.

"Andy had a long time to think about that chance and that's the sign of a quality player because so many things go through your mind.

"So many decisions got through your mind and Andy's just kept composed and put it in the net.

"Then when we went 2-0 up there really was only one team that was going to win it."

Crawley went ahead in the seventh minute when Jamie Proctor's pass sent Drury through one-on-one and he finished calmly past Donbs goalkeeper David Martin.

The visitors were gifted a second right on half-time when Jordan Spence missed Mark Connolly's clearance and Proctor delayed before giving Jones an open goal.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson said: "It was embarrassing - we've let the fans down, we've let ourselves down and I thought it answered some questions.

"I half-knew why some of those haven't played for some parts of the season.

"Some of them have been knocking on my door and asking why I've not been playing them and when they've looked back and watched that game they'll see why.

"We haven't scored a goal at home since February 15 and it's really, really poor.

"I'm not angry - if anything I feel clearer in my mind and I can make better decisions now.

"I wouldn't feel sorry if I have to drop eight players after this, but I've not got any players to bring in for them.

"I played the best team I had but it's down to quality and there was no quality.

"That's the end of our play-off hopes and now we'll prepare for next season."

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