Crawley Town: Richie Barker wants entertaining style of football

Richie Barker

Crawley manager Richie Barker has promised to try to keep playing an attractive style of football ahead of the new season.

Barker guided his side to a 3-0 win over Premier League side Crystal Palace in their final pre-season friendly.

"I've said all along that there is a certain way we want to play and people are appreciating that," he said.

"Whether it's going to be a long hard season or not, at least you can come and be entertained."

After winning the Conference Premier in 2011, the Reds achieved back-to-back promotions following a third-placed finish in League Two the season after.

Barker guided Crawley to a respectable 10th place in the third tier during his first full season in charge and was rewarded with a new two-year deal in May.

"We've got 15 senior players so it's always going to be a long, hard season," the 38-year-old told BBC Sussex.

"To be fair some people have given me a headache over the past five days so it's going to be a tough decision [to pick a team against Coventry].

"I've said to them some people are going to be disappointed this week but it's a long old season and everybody will get their turn."