Billy Clarke took Crawley into the top six by scoring twice in a second half of five goals and two dismissals.

Danny Kedwell's penalty put the Gills ahead after Kyle McFadzean fouled him.

Crawley's Gary Alexander and Gills' Charlie Lee then each saw red for second yellows for respective fouls on Leon Legge and Nicky Adams.

McFadzean equalised from close range and Clarke was on target with a header and an individual effort either side of a close-range Legge leveller.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"We've made more hard work of it than should have been and that's no disrespect to Gillingham. I thought we were the best side and we should had won the game more comfortably.

"To come from behind, certainly at 1-0 down and down to 10 men, we could have easily gone under.

" I think we would probably have taken this position at the start of the season bearing in mind what start we had. We won't be getting too carried away."

Gillingham boss Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"I thought it was a good performance, a couple of set-plays have cost us dear. I'm disappointed to lose the game.

"The sending-off of Charlie Lee was crucial. Charlie Lee was shielding the ball off of play, it wasn't even a foul, an unbelievable decision.

"We have to be careful not to use the word 'desperate' but obviously they [the players] want to turn these good performances into victories and to concede from two set-plays is disappointing."

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Crawley Town 3-2 Gillingham FT
(HT 0-0)
  • McFadzean 55
  • Clarke 66
  • Clarke 81
  • Kedwell (pen) 47
  • Legge 69

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 02 Hurst
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Connolly
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 10 Drury (Proctor 72)
  • 11 Simpson
  • 15 Bulman
  • 16 Adams (Torres 87)
  • 07 Clarke yellow card (Sinclair 90+1)
  • 09 Alexander yellow card, red card

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison,
  • 06 Essam,
  • 08 Torres,
  • 18 Rooney,
  • 20 Sinclair,
  • 14 Proctor

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 03 Martin
  • 06 Legge (McKain 77)
  • 18 Lee two yellow cards, red card
  • 26 Barrett
  • 07 Whelpdale yellow card
  • 12 Gregory
  • 15 Dack
  • 19 Hollands (Linganzi 63)
  • 08 Akinfenwa (Weston 32)
  • 09 Kedwell yellow card

Substitutes

  • 21 Howard,
  • 22 Butcher,
  • 04 Linganzi,
  • 11 Weston,
  • 14 Allen,
  • 16 German,
  • 25 McKain
Ref: RushtonAtt: 3,984
CRAWLEY TOWN
GILLINGHAM

Possession

  • Crawley Town 57%
  • Gillingham 43%

Attempts on target

  • Crawley Town 10
  • Gillingham 3

Attempts off target

  • Crawley Town 10
  • Gillingham 6

Corners

  • Crawley Town 10
  • Gillingham 1

Fouls

  • Crawley Town 6
  • Gillingham 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+8:10 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+3:40 Dannie Bulman takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:33 Foul by Steven Gregory on Jamie Proctor, free kick awarded.
  • 90:00+2:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mat Sadler by Amine Linganzi.
  • 90:00+1:48 Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:39 Sergio Torres fouled by Chris Whelpdale, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 90:00+1:18 Free kick taken by Paul Jones.
  • 90:00+1:00 Substitution Emile Sinclair replaces Billy Clarke.
  • 90:00+0:27 Mat Sadler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Amine Linganzi.
  • 90:00+0:06 Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:04 Jamie Proctor is caught offside.
  • 89:22 Corner taken by Billy Clarke.
  • 89:04 Shot by Sergio Torres.
  • 86:19 Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with Sergio Torres coming on for Nicky Adams.
  • 84:29 Josh Simpson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Stuart Nelson safely holds on.
  • 84:14 Nicky Adams has an effort at goal.
  • 83:43 Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
  • 83:41 The offside flag is raised against Nicky Adams.
  • 82:55 Nicky Adams restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor by Chris Whelpdale.
  • 82:13 Paul Jones takes the free kick.
  • 81:47 Chris Whelpdale is caught offside.
  • 80:46 GOAL - Billy ClarkeCrawley Town 3 - 2 Gillingham Billy Clarke scores with their right foot. Crawley Town 3-2 Gillingham.
  • 80:16 Dannie Bulman restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:05 Adam Barrett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor.
  • 77:15 Bradley Dack has an effort at goal.
  • 76:19 Substitution Leon Legge leaves the field to be replaced by Devante McKain.
  • 74:58 Shot by Josh Simpson. Stuart Nelson parries the effort to safety.
  • 74:51 Mat Sadler restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:49 The official flags Myles Weston offside.
  • 74:26 Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
  • 74:14 Mat Sadler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Amine Linganzi.
  • 73:55 Corner taken by Nicky Adams.
  • 73:07 Bradley Dack takes a shot.
  • 72:34 Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
  • 72:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against Mat Sadler.
  • 71:45 Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:31 Substitution Jamie Proctor comes on in place of Andy Drury.
  • 71:15 The referee blows for offside against Danny Kedwell.
  • 70:12 Andy Drury takes a shot.
  • 68:52 Assist on the goal came from Bradley Dack.
  • 68:52 GOAL - Leon LeggeCrawley Town 2 - 2 Gillingham Leon Legge grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Crawley Town 2-2 Gillingham.
  • 67:51 Corner from the left by-line taken by Joe Martin.
  • 66:33 Shot by Andy Drury cleared the net.
  • 65:22 GOAL - Billy ClarkeCrawley Town 2 - 1 Gillingham Billy Clarke scores with a left foot finish. Crawley Town 2-1 Gillingham.
  • 64:58 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Nicky Adams and hits the post.
  • 63:58 Josh Simpson fouled by Bradley Dack, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 63:22 Shot by Myles Weston missed to the right of the target.
  • 62:30 Substitution (Gillingham) makes a substitution, with Amine Linganzi coming on for Danny Hollands.
  • 62:00 Josh Simpson takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.
  • 60:18 Free kick taken by Kyle McFadzean.
  • 60:16 The official flags Danny Kedwell offside.
  • 59:43 James Hurst takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
  • 59:04 Corner taken by Nicky Adams.
  • 58:25 Shot by James Hurst.
  • 57:38 Paul Jones takes the free kick.
  • 57:23 Unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Danny Kedwell results in a free kick.
  • 56:37 Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:33 The referee blows for offside.
  • 55:36 Booking
  • 55:36 Billy Clarke is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 54:19 GOAL - Kyle McFadzeanCrawley Town 1 - 1 Gillingham Kyle McFadzean scores with their right foot. Crawley Town 1-1 Gillingham.
  • 53:01 Sent off
  • 53:01 Charlie Lee sent off.
  • Correction - 51:18 Gary Alexander dismissed for serious foul play.
  • Correction - 51:18 Sent off
  • 51:18 The referee sends off Gary Alexander for second bookable offence.
  • 46:54 GOAL - Danny KedwellCrawley Town 0 - 1 Gillingham Power penalty scored by Danny Kedwell. Crawley Town 0-1 Gillingham.
  • 46:04 Unfair challenge on Danny Kedwell by Mark Connolly results in a Penalty.
  • 45:25 Free kick taken by Mark Connolly.
  • 45:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Kedwell.
  • 45:01 The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:57 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+2:37 Free kick taken by Kyle McFadzean.
  • 45:00+2:32 Danny Kedwell is ruled offside.
  • 45:00+1:31 Free kick taken by Paul Jones.
  • 45:00+1:24 Mat Sadler fouled by Chris Whelpdale, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 43:05 Josh Simpson takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 42:24 Myles Weston takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
  • 41:48 Charlie Lee restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:30 The official flags Nicky Adams offside.
  • 39:16 Steven Gregory takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.
  • 37:56 Header by Billy Clarke goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 37:21 Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:55 Chris Whelpdale booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 36:55 Booking
  • 36:45 Billy Clarke fouled by Chris Whelpdale, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 35:10 Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Drury.
  • 34:09 Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.
  • 33:57 Dannie Bulman fouled by Danny Hollands, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 32:20 Corner from the right by-line taken by Nicky Adams.
  • 31:35 Substitution Adebayo Akinfenwa leaves the field to be replaced by Myles Weston.
  • 29:28 Corner taken by Andy Drury from the left by-line.
  • 28:57 Nicky Adams takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
  • 28:16 Free kick crossed by Nicky Adams.
  • 27:51 Booking for Charlie Lee for unsporting behaviour.
  • 27:51 Booking
  • 27:36 Nicky Adams fouled by Charlie Lee, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 27:15 Adebayo Akinfenwa takes a shot.
  • 26:51 Free kick crossed by Andy Drury.
  • 26:21 The referee shows Danny Kedwell a yellow card.
  • 26:21 Booking
  • 26:17 Danny Kedwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Mat Sadler.
  • 25:36 Billy Clarke takes a shot. Stuart Nelson parries the effort to safety.
  • 25:12 Shot by Danny Kedwell went wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 24:55 Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:47 Caution for Gary Alexander.
  • 24:47 Booking
  • 24:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Alexander on Charlie Lee.
  • 22:01 Header at goal by Mark Connolly goes right of the post.
  • 21:43 Corner taken by Andy Drury.
  • 20:33 Chance falls to Gary Alexander who heads at goal.
  • 20:02 Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.
  • 19:59 The referee blows for offside.
  • 18:35 Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:33 The referee blows for offside.
  • 17:46 Clearance by Danny Kedwell.
  • 17:40 Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Drury.
  • 15:53 Shot by Nicky Adams.
  • 14:03 Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
  • 14:01 Gary Alexander is ruled offside.
  • 11:56 Charlie Lee takes the free kick.
  • 11:46 Gary Alexander concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Lee.
  • 11:04 Free kick taken by Mat Sadler.
  • 10:39 Charlie Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams.
  • 8:52 Corner taken by Andy Drury from the left by-line.
  • 8:15 Corner taken by Nicky Adams.
  • 7:11 Chris Whelpdale takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 5:39 Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
  • 5:32 Gary Alexander concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Legge.
  • 5:24 Dannie Bulman restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:06 Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Dannie Bulman.
  • 3:12 Mark Connolly takes the free kick.
  • 3:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Whelpdale on Andy Drury.
  • 2:24 Dannie Bulman restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:17 Unfair challenge on Billy Clarke by Joe Martin results in a free kick.
  • 0:28 Paul Jones takes the free kick.
  • 0:23 Danny Kedwell is caught offside.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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