Crewe Alexandra’s experienced forward Chris Porter says that ‘everything changed in that second half’ as the Railwaymen saw their 1-0 lead evaporate on the back of a controversial decision for Cheltenham Town’s equaliser and then George Ray’s red card.
Ray was sent off just minutes into the second half for a second bookable offence and goals from our ex-players, Billy Waters and Luke Varney resulted in a 3-1 defeat. Crewe’s chances of reaching the top seven now appear a long shot but Porter says that six wins would still give a chance. It is a tough ask.
Following the disappointing 3-1 home defeat, Porter told iFollow The Alex: "It was an important game I thought, a chance of pushing for the Play Offs. It's still not dead but it's even harder now, we have to pretty much win every game.
"It's good the other results have gone our way so it still gives us a chance, but this was a chance missed. I'm not saying it will happen but there's still something to play for."
"Everything changed in the second half. George knows he's made a massive mistake and it's cost us at the end of the day.
"I don't think that referee has had the best day of his life.
"I was through on goal (when) he's handballed it, nothing has been given.
"He's given numerous fouls against me and I'm not sure I gave one all day. I'm not even sure Ray's first one was a booking, I know he fouled him but there were about three players round him. Anyway, it's gone now.
He added: "I didn't think we were far off in the first off but probably not as good as we were at Mansfield and the previous game.”