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Guy Whittingham feels Crawley Town are safe

16 April 2014

First-team coach Guy Whittingham feels Crawley Town have done enough to ensure Sky Bet League 1 survival following their 2-0 home victory over relegation-threatened Tranmere Rovers.

The Red Devils' second successive win puts them on 52 points while Rovers remain three points above the drop zone with four games remaining.

Crawley have put together a brace of wins following a six-match losing streak and asked whether he felt Crawley were safe now, Whittingham replied: "I would certainly think so.

"It's huge fillip but all credit to the players, they have done fantastically well to turn it round."

Crawley finished 10th in their first season in League One last season and Whittingham added: "We are always looking to improve.

"To be honest we have played better but it about winning games. We have five to go and we need to win as many as we can."

Whittingham had special praise for keeper Paul Jones on his 100th consecutive appearance.

Whittingham felt Jones had come back strongly after recent blunders and added: "We are really pleased for him.

"He's come back strongely and kept us in the game with two very important saves."

Tranmere caretaker manager John McMahon was disappointed his side did not make the most of their game in hand as goals in each half from Matt Tubbs and Gwion Edwards gave Crawley victory.

He said: "Back-to-back wins in our previous games hasn't put us safe, we need a win to stay out of the bottom four.

"This was our game in hand but it wasn't to be. I can't knock the lads, they had a go and I can't fault them for effort and endeavour."

McMahon did feel, however, Rovers were "lacklustre" in the first half and moaned: "Performance levels need to improve if we are going to get something out of games.

"Max Power gave away a needless free-kick for the opening goal and was too eager. It was a good finish from the kid (Matt Tubbs).

"In the second half we had the best opportunities and we looked a more threatening outfit. Unfortunately, we're taking two steps forward and one back.

"Facing Gillingham on Friday will be a tough game and the lads know what to expect to win football matches."


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