Mark Wright subbed 45 minutes into horror debut as boss blasts ‘farcical’ display with Crawley 3-0 down at half time
REALITY TV STAR Mark Wright suffered a disastrous full debut for Crawley Town as he was substituted at HALF TIME.
The 34-year-old's team were 3-0 down to newly-promoted Harrogate Town at the break.
Wright was making his first start for Crawley since signing for the League Two side in December.
It was also the left-back's long-awaited EFL debut.
The game started terribly for Crawley as goals from Aaron Martin, Josh March and Simon Power gave Harrogate a 3-0 lead.
Crawley manager John Yems decided to take Wright off at the break in a triple substitution.
To make matters worse for the reality TV star, his replacement Tom Dallison scored as it finished 3-1 to Harrogate.
The Crawley boss was keen to defend Wright despite hauling him off.
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Yems said: "It wasn't Mark's fault, but today it was farcical first half, absolutely farcical.
"It's easy for me to say that players have got to stand up and be counted, but they have now, if not there'll be changes and there will be changes."
Crawley fans watching remotely were sympathetic to Wright's plight, acknowledging the entire team were to blame.
One fan tweeted: "You’ve been absolutely awful. Don’t think Mark Wright has played particularly badly, but the other 10 players have been dreadful."
Another said: "Can't just blame Wright, whole team completely lifeless."
Not all were convinced, though, as one tweeted: "He was lost out there and should be no where near our club."
Wright will need to improve significantly if he is to make it as a professional.
He had been semi-pro at Crawley in 2006/07 before shooting to fame on The Only Way Is Essex.
Wright left the game after becoming a household name as Crawley went on to achieve promotion to the EFL.
But his desire to play football never diminished and he has starred atSoccer Aid, with Chelsea legend John Terry encouraging him to go professional.
Wright joined the League Two side on a non-contract basis in December.
He made his professional debut as a late substitute in Crawley's shock 3-0 win against Leeds in the FA Cup last month.
But the former TOWIE star had to wait until yesterday for his EFL debut after a coronavirus outbreak at the club forced him to self-isolate with his wife Michelle Keegan.
Wright's brother Josh is also a professional footballer and joined him at Crawley in January.
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