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Crawley Town 1-2 Coventry City

Crawley Town
Crawley were relegated alongside Notts County, Leyton Orient and Yeovil

Coventry City preserved their League One status with a win that relegated their hosts Crawley to League Two.

The visitors, who needed a point to survive, saw Nick Proschwitz's first-half penalty saved by Brian Jensen.

Crawley, who had to win to stand a real chance of staying up, then took the lead on 49 minutes when Mathias Pogba headed in Gavin Tomlin's cross.

However, Marcus Tudgay levelled with a header before James Maddison slotted home a winner in the last minute.

Crawley return to League Two
Crawley had spent three seasons in League One, having gone up in 2012, a second successive promotion, having entered the Football League in 2011.

Dean Saunders' side them finish 22nd in the table, two points adrift of safety, while the Sky Blues ended up five points clear, climbing a place to 17th, one rung higher than they finished a year ago.

Home goalkeeper Jensen had given his side a lifeline just before half-time when he kept out Proschwitz's weak penalty after Tomlin had brought down Tudgay in the box.

And it got even better for the hosts three minutes into the second half when Pogba put the Reds in front with a towering header.

But their delight turned to misery when Tudgay headed in Jim O'Brien's cross and substitute Maddison fired a low shot into the centre of the net from Frank Nouble's pass.

Crawley Town manager Dean Saunders told BBC Surrey:

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Saunders on Crawley's relegation

"It's just a cruel game football. Last week was probably one of the biggest slaps I've ever had in the face. We were 3-2 up and today is another slap in the face. We were 1-0 up and in control. They didn't look like scoring.

"But there's such a fine line between doing well and doing terribly and right now we've not got enough points to stay in the league.

"Everybody's disappointed. We've done a great job in putting ourselves in the position with two games to go needing to win one. Today it makes you wonder why you do the job.

"I won't look back on the results. We've had some great ones, winning six out of eight at home and we've beaten a lot of top teams. We've still come up short on 50 points and it wasn't enough this year."

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I'm relieved for the Coventry support, because it's a long way back from League Two. The club needs to stabilise and build from this low point.

"Will I be here next season? I hope so. I think so. I've really enjoyed the last seven or eight weeks. It's good to get back on the training ground and organise a team.

"It's important that the club realises what needs doing behind the scenes. Some things amaze me that are not in place, and other things are very, very good at this football club.

"This club deserves to be and should be higher than we are at the moment."

James Maddison
James Maddison's winner secured Coventry's League One status
Coventry
Coventry's victory confirmed Crawley's relegation from League One

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jensen
  • 14YoungSubstituted forOyebanjoat 70'minutes
  • 25Ward
  • 6Bradley
  • 32YougaBooked at 64minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 84'minutes
  • 21Tomlin
  • 16Fowler
  • 33Elliott
  • 11SimpsonSubstituted forBawlingat 83'minutes
  • 9McLeod
  • 28Pogba

Substitutes

  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 7Edwards
  • 8Smith
  • 10Morgan
  • 18Harrold
  • 20Bawling
  • 30Price

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2Willis
  • 5Johnson
  • 30Stokes
  • 21Martin
  • 16BartonSubstituted forMaddisonat 54'minutes
  • 7Fleck
  • 8Ward
  • 11O'BrienBooked at 18minsSubstituted forWebsterat 90+3'minutes
  • 9ProschwitzSubstituted forNoubleat 61'minutes
  • 20Tudgay

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 12Jackson
  • 17Odelusi
  • 18Phillips
  • 19Nouble
  • 33Charles-Cook
  • 36Maddison
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
5,744

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Coventry City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Coventry City 2.

Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Martin (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Andy Webster replaces Jim O'Brien.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Coventry City 2. James Maddison (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

Attempt blocked. Reda Johnson (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Bobson Bawling.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Gwion Edwards.

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

Foul by Grant Ward (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Gwion Edwards replaces Kelly Youga.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Josh Simpson.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Kelly Youga.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Maddison (Coventry City) because of an injury.

James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Marvin Elliott (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Darren Ward.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Coventry City 1. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Jim O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Lanre Oyebanjo replaces Lewis Young because of an injury.

Attempt missed. James Maddison (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chris Stokes (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Attempt blocked. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Kelly Youga (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kelly Youga (Crawley Town).

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Frank Nouble replaces Nick Proschwitz.

Delay in match Lewis Young (Crawley Town) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. James Maddison replaces Adam Barton.

Attempt saved. Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Coventry City 0. Mathias Pogba (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gavin Tomlin.

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crawley Town).

Aaron Martin (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City462912596385899
2MK Dons4627109101445791
3Preston462514779403989
4Swindon4623101376571979
5Sheff Utd4619141366531371
6Chesterfield4619121568551369
7Bradford461714155555065
8Rochdale46196217266663
9Peterborough46189195356-363
10Fleetwood461712174952-363
11Barnsley461711186261162
12Gillingham461614166566-162
13Doncaster461613175862-461
14Walsall461417155054-459
15Oldham461415175467-1357
16Scunthorpe461414186275-1356
17Coventry461316174960-1155
18Port Vale46159225565-1054
19Colchester461410225877-1952
20Crewe461410224375-3252
21Notts County461214204563-1850
22Crawley461311225379-2650
23Leyton Orient461213215969-1049
24Yeovil461010263675-3940
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