John Gregory is now 60 and he has managed some big clubs including Aston Villa in the past, and he is having trouble getting good performances from his League One side Crawley Town, when they play at home.
John Gregory – now Crawley Town manager
John has admitted the crowd are right behind their team when they play at home at Broadfield Stadium, so he doesn’t understand why they are not getting good results there.
They were beaten at home 2-1 yesterday by Port Vale, and they have drawn the two home games before that, against Chesterfield and Scunthorpe – they are currently 5th bottom of League One and two points above the drop zone.
The players are under no pressure when they play at home, and Gregory has brought up the example of where there’s real pressure on players when they play at home.
The example he has used is Newcastle United and St. James’ Park.
This is what John has said in the Crawley News:
“The last home game was certainly a much better performance than this one<” Gregory said after the 2-1 loss to Port Vale.
“We seem to have a problem playing at home, I don’t understand why. Our last two away matches, at Oldham and Bristol City, have both been very good performances but the players seem to have more of a phobia of playing here at home, and I don’t understand why.”
“They need to try playing at Newcastle in front of 52,000 where you have to get up and be at them from the very first minute. “
“There is really no great crowd pressure on them here I think our fans have been good towards the team. Even when we kicked off at the start of the second half, our fans were fully behind the players as you would hope they would be.”
Well we suppose we are famous for something these days – it’s a pity it’s not for being in the top four in the Premier League.
There will be a lot of pressure on Newcastle players today if we go behind to local rivals Sunderland – that’s for sure.
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