Gregory 'happy' in defeat

John Gregory: Can't argue with red-card decision

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Crawley boss John Gregory chose to look to the positives after seeing his side suffer a 2-0 home defeat to MK Dons.

Stephen Gleeson's spectacular strike with 21 minutes played put the visitors in the driving seat after Crawley had failed to deal with a corner.

Patrick Bamford added a second in the 59th minute with his 16th goal of the season to secure a fourth straight win for the Dons, while Crawley's Billy Clarke was sent off with six minutes remaining for a professional foul on Lee Hodson.

Gregory, seeking back-to-back wins for the first time in charge, agreed with Stockbridge's decision to show Clarke his marching orders.

He said: "It looked a red card to me. I think Billy had left the ground and it looked like a two-footed challenge from where I was.

"I might be wrong, but it looked as if it was a straight red and the referee didn't have any other option.

"I would've been disappointed had it happened to one of my players and the referee not shown a red card, so we accept that."

The Red Devils went into the match on the back of an impressive 3-2 win against Leyton Orient and despite the loss against MK Dons, Gregory is confident his side can kick-start their season.

He added: "I've still got a lot of positive from my boys, a hell of a lot of positives.

"One or two negatives, but considering we had two of our influential players come off in the first half, I thought it was a fantastic effort from everybody.

"We continued to stick together and kept going until the final whistle. My teams will always do that and I was very pleased, there were very good things that I can take from that game.

"I thought it was hard on us, they had one shot in the first half and, two in the second, but they were both clinical."