League One
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Crawley Town 1-4 Peterborough United

Peterborough's Michael Smith and Jon Taylor
Michael Smith and Jon Taylor celebrate Peterborough's equaliser at Crawley

Peterborough United climbed up to second in League One after coming from behind to thrash Crawley.

Izale McLeod put Crawley ahead inside two minutes with a low finish.

Michael Smith soon fired into the roof of the net to level before Christian Burgess headed in Jon Taylor's corner to give Posh a half-time lead.

Marcus Maddison tapped in for 3-1 after intercepting a pass from home keeper Jamie Ashdown, before Conor Washington slotted in the fourth.

Peterborough remain five points behind leaders Bristol City, who beat Chesterfield 3-2 with an injury-time winner from Wes Burns.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

"The Peterborough third goal really killed us but the first two were gifts and the third one was an early Christmas present.

"We have thanked Jamie Ashdown) on many weeks for keeping us in games, but he made a big mistake today and the game turned on that moment.

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Gregory on Crawley v Peterborough

"We contributed to our own downfall in many respects and we have played better teams than Peterborough this season.

"We did gift them the goals and I would have like to have thought that had we not donated the goals we could have made more of a game.

"It was a hard afternoon and harsh lesson for lots of our players. I certainly felt in the last few weeks we have got the quality to do something at the other end."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 25Ashdown
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 6Bradley
  • 5Leacock
  • 26Sadler
  • 33Elliott
  • 16KeaneBooked at 64mins
  • 14Young
  • 8Smith
  • 9McLeodSubstituted forHarroldat 24'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 21TomlinSubstituted forBanyaat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jensen
  • 4Henderson
  • 15Banya
  • 18Harrold
  • 20Bawling

Peterborough

  • 27Alnwick
  • 6BostwickBooked at 14mins
  • 5Baldwin
  • 21Burgess
  • 2Smith
  • 15AndersonSubstituted forMcCannat 83'minutes
  • 30MaddisonSubstituted forOztumerat 90+2'minutes
  • 8Payne
  • 17NewellBooked at 81mins
  • 7TaylorSubstituted forMcEvoyat 82'minutes
  • 14Washington

Substitutes

  • 9James
  • 10Oztumer
  • 11McCann
  • 18Ferdinand
  • 20McEvoy
  • 22Almeida Santos
  • 32Grant
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
2,832

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away10
Corners
Home6
Away13
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Peterborough United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Peterborough United 4.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Erhun Oztumer replaces Marcus Maddison.

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Newell (Peterborough United).

Marvin Elliott (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United).

Foul by Keith Keane (Crawley Town).

Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kenneth McEvoy (Peterborough United).

Foul by Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town).

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Grant McCann replaces Jermaine Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Kenneth McEvoy replaces Jon Taylor.

Booking

Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Christian Burgess (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Joe Newell (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Newell (Peterborough United).

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Peterborough United).

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

Joe Newell (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keith Keane (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Matt Harrold.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Lanre Oyebanjo.

Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town).

Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Peterborough United).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Charles Banya replaces Gavin Tomlin.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Peterborough United).

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Conor Washington (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Michael Smith (Peterborough United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1284025121328
2Peterborough127232012823
3Swindon1063122111121
4MK Dons1061325141119
5Preston105412011919
6Chesterfield115332117418
7Bradford115331511418
8Oldham124621614218
9Notts County11452127517
10Sheff Utd115241718-117
11Rochdale115151912716
12Fleetwood124441110116
13Doncaster104241115-414
14Crawley12426918-914
15Coventry123451316-313
16Colchester123361618-212
17Barnsley103341416-212
18Walsall122641113-212
19Port Vale123361519-412
20Gillingham123361218-612
21Yeovil123361120-912
22Leyton Orient112541315-211
23Scunthorpe123181425-1110
24Crewe122191030-207
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