According to the Crawley Observer the 3-0 win over the Latics on Saturday was down to the lack of fitness from the opposition and good use of substitutions by the home side.
They reported, “The change was evolutionary as three substitutions each raised the Reds’ performance a notch higher. It wasn’t all one way as the visitors, fresh from their five nil drubbing of Newport County, gave as good as they got in the first half. They might have taken the lead but Glenn Morris defied them with a fine double save and the excellent central pairing of Jordan Tunnicliffe and Jamie Sendles-White gradually gained command. The Latics did not help themselves by discarding the usual jibe about Southern softies as they found the going tough and their fitness seemed to let them down. There were several stoppages for injury and when Manchester United loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson limped off it ensured an easy passage for Crawley. The change meant that Oldham’s danger man, Gevaro Nepomuceno, had to cover at left back and the visitors’ threat was gone. The Latic’s defence looked lumpen at times possibly because a number of them looked to have the build of American Football quarterbacks and they were painfully exposed. Following an even and entertaining start Reds turned the screw in the second period.”
After taking a 2-0 lead the Crawley manager, John Yems, added, “Bez Lubala was hauled down by Mohamad Sylla and he nonchalantly slotted the resulting spot kick to make it 3-0. I was relieved the penalty had been awarded as referee Charles Breakspear and his team had earned the opprobrium of the West Stand faithful. We knew what to expect from this official and we got it. I wonder how many times I have written similar words over the seasons. The introduction of Jack Powell, Allarakhia especially, and Panutche Camara spurred Reds on to an exhibition of fast, intricate one touch football that left the visitors bemused. Had the finishing matched the creativity we might have scored seven or eight. Significantly just four goals have been conceded in the last seven games.”