Barnett predicting big haul

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Crawley striker Tyrone Barnett believes he is well on the way to his most profitable goalscoring season after taking his tally to four with a brace to help see off Bristol Rovers 4-1 and fire his side to the top of the League Two table.

The former Macclesfield marksman hit 13 last term before making a £150,000 switch to the Broadfield Stadium, and he feels his partnership with Matt Tubbs can become a much-feared one as Crawley seek back-to-back promotions.

Crawley have lived up to the hype of being pre-season favourites by winning all three of their home league games so far, and Barnett believes his partnership with Tubbs has been central to their fast start. He said: "I haven't really had to adapt my game. We're gelling together well, have quickly settled and are enjoying playing together."

He added: "I've enjoyed every second since I've come to Crawley and my aim is to take my goal tally past the 13 I scored for Macclesfield last season."

Barnett felt that Crawley's 3-1 defeat at Cheltenham the previous week helped ensure there was no slip up in their first ever meeting with Bristol Rovers.

He added: "The coach trip back from Cheltenham was horrible but this was a very good victory and the goals we scored reflected that. We have some very good strikers and it's a fight to get the shirt. We are a great team and we'll always score goals."

Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle admitted individual errors cost his side dearly.

He said: "Football is about scoring and not conceding and we didn't do either. We didn't give ourselves a chance in the game and individual errors cost us."

Buckle confessed the defeat was particularly painful as this was the first time as a manager his side had been beaten by more than two goals.

He added: "We made big changes in the summer and, although we've been solid up to this, there is a lot of hard work to come."

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