Crawley boss Gabriele Cioffi: Confidence is building

Posted Sunday, March 10, 2019 by PA

Crawley boss Gabriele Cioffi: Confidence is building

Crawley head coach Gabriele Cioffi feels a clear identity of how his side want to play is making a difference and confidence is building.

The Reds battled back from conceding an early goal from Wes Thomas to clinch their first home win in eight weeks thanks to two goals from striker Ollie Palmer.

The top-scorer took his tally for the season to 15 but Cioffi felt he should have had a hat-trick.

Cioffi was forced to watch from the stands due to a one-match touchline ban, but the Italian was delighted with the manner of the performance and said: “It is a positive boost for us.

“Now we face Mansfield on Tuesday with a bit of momentum and more confidence.

“In the last 15 games we have looked solid with a clear identity of how I want to play.

“Everyone is on board and believing in what we are doing. We have not had the best of luck, but we didn`t deserve our bad run.”

Palmer, playing against one of his former clubs, had chances to grab a third goal in the second half but could not take them.

He said: “I`m a little bit frustrated not to get a hat-trick, but the most important thing was to get the win.

“There was a bit of relief in the dressing room, but we`re been working at it and it`s fantastic to bring it to fruition.

“After going behind, we showed a massive reaction by hitting the bar twice and played with a lot of character.”

Grimsby boss Michael Jolley said his men had to work on the “next set of challenges” after suffering their second successive defeat.

The Mariners were previously beaten 2-0 at home to Cambridge, and Jolley admitted:” Crawley deserved to win the game.

“We know what the issues are and now we have to solve the next set of challenges.

“We are searching for consistency and didn`t cover ourselves in glory in both goals we conceded.”

Jolley, in charge for a year, was highly critical of the performance of referee Brett Huxtable.

He said:” The referee`s display was probably the worst I`ve seen at this level.

“I hate to criticise, especially after a defeat, but that’s why things were so unclear. He didn’t allow the game to flow.”

One positive for Jolley was the way his side ended the match, and he added: “We made two substitutions after an hour and Jordan Cook contributed well.”


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