CRAWLEY Town boss Scott Lindsey admits there were questions over the 'professionalism' his team showed following their 3-2 home defeat to Colchester United.

Tom Hopper scored twice and Cameron McGeehan also netted as the U's climbed out of the relegation zone with four games remaining, following a splendid away victory at Broadfield Stadium.

Klaidi Lolos and Harry Forster netted for Crawley who remain in the League Two play-off places, despite the defeat.

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Lindsey told the Crawley Town website: "When you gift an opposition certainly two goals, if not three, then you're never going to win a game of football - it's very simple, certainly at this level of football.

"The first goal is a punt down the pitch, we don't defend the first action.

"(Noah) Chilvers runs off one of our players and they retain the ball in the bottom left-hand corner.

"They cross the ball and the player who scores (Tom Hopper) is there for a tap-in unmarked.

"I talk about marking in the box religiously, not marked.

"The second goal is just a really poor goal to give away - I think the professionalism of the group needs to be questioned, because we've then just got it back to 1-1 and then I don't know what we're doing and we gift them a goal.


"We talk about professionalism at half-time and about doing the right things at the right moment and then one minute into the second half, we gift them another goal.

"It was just a complete gift and if we're going to do that at this stage of the season, then we're not going to get to where we need to get to.

"I think looking at the results everybody's lost in the play-offs so God knows how we're still in there, but we are.

"I think on reflection of that, it's a nervy end to the season for teams that are in there and we certainly showed signs of that.

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"My job is now to make sure that we've got no nerves moving forward and we just go and play our football and try and win games of football.

"But we can't be making mistakes like that.

"It's impossible to win a game of football gifting goals - you're just not going to do it."