Marcus Bignot talks to the press after his first defeat in charge.
TOWN boss Marcus Bignot admitted that he thought the Crawley players looked fresher after today's 3-2 defeat at The Checkatrade Stadium.
While the Mariners were having a titanic battle against second placed Carlisle on Tuesday night, The Reds' fixture at Yeovil had fallen victim of the weather.
Goals from James Collins and Jordan Roberts (2) sent the Mariners crashing to their first away league defeat since August.
Bignot said: "First of all, I was obviously disappointed with the result. It was one of those games that, for the neutral. There was a lot of good, attacking players on show, for both teams and it was entertaining.
"Yes, it's nice to be involved in entertaining games, and score-lines, but for me, it was a case of 'you attack, we attack' and I'm not that type of manager – you need to get that balance between attack and defence.
"Credit to Crawley. They've got a lot of pace like us and It probably helped them having their game called off in midweek. I thought they looked fresher than us. We were a bit leggy in important areas against our pace. I'm not going to get too down. I didn't get too high with the start we had.
"If you look at the goals, the second goal was against momentum. We are in that passage of play where we are playing well, playing in their half and looking a threat. They break away and they were ruthless. Then the third goals is a freak goal isn't it - unless they tell me they worked on that on the training ground.
"My boys have had three games in a week, with two far trips. I can understand certain aspects of our game where we weren't quite right, but there's a lot we can do better.
"I'm looking forward to these two weeks now, to really knuckle down and nail down some principles - especially off the ball and the defensive side of the game."