Cioffi hails Crawley performance in relegation ‘nine-pointer’

Crawley manager Gabriele Cioffi praised his side's resilience after they beat second-bottom Yeovil 1-0 in what he described as a relegation 'nine-pointer'.

Crawley manager Gabriele Cioffi praised his side’s resilience after they beat second-bottom Yeovil 1-0 in what he described as a relegation ‘nine-pointer’.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Filipe Morais struck the winner with 18 minutes remaining, volleying home from Ollie Palmer’s cross.

They were also indebted to their goalkeeper Glenn Morris for preserving the lead with three point-blank saves in the final 10 minutes, moving nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Cioffi said: ‘It was a nine-point game.

You keep down Yeovil, and Notts County and Macclesfield have to win all their games, so it was massive for us.

‘There was a lot of pressure on myself and the boys, I think we dealt with it quite well.

‘We came into this from four defeats in a row.

We’ve played well but haven’t finished with points.

In this situation it’s easy to throw the responsibility on the manager but the players really do believe in what we’re working on in the week.

‘I didn’t see any of the boys give up.

That makes me a proud manager.

For me the game was already won.

‘We’re not mathematically safe, so we have to challenge ourselves in the next game to avoid the dangerous area.

We need a small step and I think the deal is close.

It’s been a really tough season for everyone, we are near.

‘Glenn’s had an amazing season.

He’s there in the right moments, so fair play to him.

‘ Yeovil interim manager Neale Marmon said his team did not play with the freedom they showed in previous games today.

‘I didn’t really understand the performance today,’ he said.

‘There was a bit of fear there and I don’t know why.

‘I think we had more shots on goal than they did.

Their keeper made a couple of good saves in the second half.

That’s what happens when you’re at the bottom.

‘We’ve got games coming up on Friday and Monday.

If we win two games, we might be out of this situation.

‘The heads are down, the boys are struggling, but the job of management is to pick them up again.

‘I don’t believe in ranting and raving.

You have to keep calm, they know there’s four games left and it’s like a mini league at the bottom.’