Sheffield United: Barker confronts the critics

Michael Doyle in action against Crawley Town last season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Michael Doyle in action against Crawley Town last season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Richie Barker, the Crawley Town manager, admits he is stunned that folk continue to criticise his team despite its impressive start to the new League One season.

Town, who visit Sheffield United on Friday evening, stretched their unbeaten run to five games with a 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic last weekend.

Barker said: “I had a woman come up to me in the gym the other day and complain that our game against Shrewsbury was boring. I couldn’t believe it because we’ve scored in every game we’ve played this season and must be one of the most entertaining teams in the division but it’s still not enough for some people.

“You get the feeling you’re banging your head against a brick wall sometimes.”

Town, who climbed to eighth in the table courtesy of Saturday’s win at Broadfield Stadium, are the only side to beat Peterborough in league competition this term.

“If we played like we did against Peterborough (won 2-0) week in week out then the players wouldn’t be at Crawley Town,” Barker, speaking before Joe Walsh’s early strike put Athletic to the sword, added. “They would be at a club like Peterborough instead.

“People are looking for Utopia but they won’t find it at Crawley Town in League One I’m afraid.”