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Swindon Town 1-2 Crawley Town

Gavin Tomlin's second goal of the season earned three crucial points for Crawley
Gavin Tomlin's second goal of the season earned three crucial points for Crawley

Gavin Tomlin's late strike helped relegation-threatened Crawley beat League One promotion chasers Swindon.

Anthony Wordsworth gave the Red Devils an early lead, converting Gwion Edwards' excellent cross.

Jack Stephens's measured pass allowed Andy Williams to equalise just before the hour mark for his 19th league goal of the season.

But the visitors secured victory two minutes from time as Tomlin's rasping drive beat home keeper Wes Foderingham.

It was Dean Saunders's side's first away league win since their opening-day victory at Barnsley and leaves them 22nd in the table, one point from safety, while Swindon are now five points off second-placed MK Dons.

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

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Cooper on Swindon v Crawley

"Obviously it's frustrating because we played the whole game in their half.

"We gave them a dream start and something to hold onto.

"In the second half we got a goal and you think it's going to end one way, and we get done.

"We have to dig deep now and find a result from somewhere to get us back on track."

Crawley Town interim manager Dean Saunders told BBC Surrey:

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Saunders on Swindon v Crawley

"They're probably the best team in the league and we just decided to let them play in their own half. We kept them at bay.

"We counter-attacked and scored early which helped us and Gavin then hit a screamer at the end of the game.

"The next few games coming up are all tough but we can go into those games with a bit of belief.

"Sometimes it helps you to be a counter-puncher instead of a big puncher. Sometimes you're better sitting back and letting teams come at you."

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 5Stephens
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 35mins
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 90mins
  • 3ByrneBooked at 37mins
  • 14Swift
  • 8Kasim
  • 7Gladwin
  • 15ToffoloSubstituted forThompsonat 45'minutes
  • 10Williams
  • 9SmithSubstituted forHyltonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Thompson
  • 20Obika
  • 23Barthram
  • 24Hylton
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers
  • 29Branco

Crawley

  • 30Price
  • 14Young
  • 29Wood
  • 6Bradley
  • 3Dickson
  • 26WordsworthBooked at 90mins
  • 21TomlinBooked at 43minsSubstituted forSmithat 90'minutes
  • 7Edwards
  • 16Fowler
  • 28PogbaSubstituted forBawlingat 87'minutes
  • 9McLeodBooked at 55minsSubstituted forHarroldat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Smith
  • 10Morgan
  • 17Anderson
  • 18Harrold
  • 20Bawling
  • 22O'Connor
  • 27Dutton
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
7,692

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home14
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Swindon Town 1, Crawley Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Crawley Town 2.

Booking

Anthony Wordsworth (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Foul by Andy Williams (Swindon Town).

Richard Wood (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jimmy Smith replaces Gavin Tomlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Matt Harrold replaces Izale McLeod.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 1, Crawley Town 2. Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Dickson following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Mathias Pogba.

Attempt saved. Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andy Williams (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Jermaine Hylton replaces Michael Smith.

Foul by Andy Williams (Swindon Town).

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

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Lewis Price.

Attempt saved. Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Attempt missed. John Swift (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 1, Crawley Town 1. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Stephens with a cross.

Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Louis Thompson.

Booking

Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City31197558292964
2MK Dons32188666313562
3Swindon31176857342357
4Preston30168646281856
5Sheff Utd3014794335849
6Bradford3012994034645
7Doncaster31129103837145
8Fleetwood32128123233-144
9Oldham311110104144-343
10Chesterfield32119124444042
11Gillingham32119124649-342
12Port Vale32126144145-442
13Rochdale291251251401141
14Walsall311011103333041
15Peterborough32125153843-541
16Scunthorpe30117124346-340
17Notts County31108133339-638
18Barnsley31115154148-738
19Crewe32115163255-2338
20Colchester3297163953-1434
21Coventry31712123243-1133
22Crawley3289153456-2233
23Leyton Orient3188154148-732
24Yeovil3278172547-2229
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