Gregan’s vow after defensive slip-ups

spot of bother: Sean Gregan looks alert to any rebound but Matt Tubbs made no mistake with Crawley's penalty. Picture: DERICK THOMAS
spot of bother: Sean Gregan looks alert to any rebound but Matt Tubbs made no mistake with Crawley's penalty. Picture: DERICK THOMAS

Sean Gregan has vowed that Fleetwood Town will “try just as hard until we kick the last ball of the season” in their fight for a play-off place, though he couldn’t hide his disappointment over the goals conceded in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by league leaders Crawley.

The veteran centre-half felt both the visitors’ goals were avoidable and he accused Richard Brodie of diving to win the penalty for the first-half opener.

Brodie rubbed salt into man of the match Gregan’s wounds by adding a spectacular second after half-time.

“I think the lad has taken a dive and you’d expect one of the officials to see it, that’s the most disappointing thing,” said Gregan. “Against a team full of confidence, it left us with a mountain to climb.

“But there was no need for Sean (Clancy) to dangle his leg out and make the lad go down. He was running into bodies anyway.”

While Gregan could only credit Brodie on the execution of Crawley’s winning goal, he felt it was another Town should have prevented.

“Fair play to him for curling it in, but we should have shown him the line and kept the ball on his left foot, not let him come inside on his good right foot.”

The positives for Gregan were that Town matched the Blue Square Bet Premier’s pre-eminent side, while a second goal in successive games for record signing George Donnelly also augurs well.

“We had a right good go and we had them on the rack second half,” Gregan added, “and we’re disappointed not to get a point from the game.

“Crawley are a big, strong and organised, quick and fit, but in terms of ability I don’t think there is much difference between us.

“They are on a roll, very confident and winning games, so it was always going to be difficult but we deserved to get something out of it.”

And with Donnelly’s two-month goal drought apparently firmly behind him, Gregan said: “Hopefully the goals will keep coming for him now. After George scored it was game on and their keeper made some good saves. We piled the pressure on but the damage had been done with the goals we conceded.

“But the lads have showed that they will fight to the end no matter what. We’ll keep going throughout the season for personal pride and for the fans, and we’ll see what happens.”

MICHAEL WOODS