Crawley Town manager Mark Yates was overjoyed with the way his side contained Oxford United on the opening day of the Sky Bet League Two season.
The Red Devil’s, who were under pressure for large spells of the game, played defensively for much of the match, denying the U’s any clear cut goalscoring opportunities.
Despite the hosts first half dominance in possession, it was the visitors that took an early second half lead when Gwion Edwards headed past debutant goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.
The goal came against the run of play, but soon after, the U’s found a way past a resilient and physical Crawley defence when Danny Rose’s pass cut through the back line before Danny Hylton struck home past Freddie Woodman.
And Yates said that he was happy to leave the Kassam Stadium with a point, and considers the U’s to be promotion favourites this season.
Speaking to the Witney Gazette, Yates said: “It’s a really tough place to come and we’ve worked our socks off.
“We switched off once and got punished, but apart from that the boys absolutely nailed the game plan we had.
“It’s disappointing for them we couldn’t see the game out like I thought we deserved.
“We’ve limited them to two or three chances in the 90 minutes and they’re a team that are going to be up there come the end of the season, so we’ve not done too badly.”
Crawley welcome AFC Wimbledon to Broadfield Stadium next weekend, whilst the U’s travel to Kenilworth Road to face another side that’s been tipped for promotion, Luton Town.
Oxford fans…Did Crawley’s tactics frustrate you? Did you deserve more from the game? Crawley fans…were you happy to leave with a point? How do you think you’ll do this season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!