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Crawley Town 2-1 Bristol Rovers

Two early goals from striker Rhys Murphy helped Crawley to a 2-1 victory against Bristol Rovers - their fourth home win in a row.

Oldham loanee Murphy poked in after Gwion Edwards' cross bobbled around in the box, and a minute later struck a second from 25 yards past Lee Nicholls.

Darryl Flahavan protected the lead with smart saves from Rovers defender Tom Parkes and striker Ellis Harrison.

Matty Taylor's late penalty gave Rovers hope, but Crawley clung on.

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

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Yates on Crawley v Bristol Rovers

"We knew it was going to be tough but we started brilliantly.

"Thoroughly deserved the half-time lead against the wind but it's a 90-minute game and that's all I am worried about.

"They were throwing caution to the wind and it didn't matter if we played two up or three up top and they tried overloading us. We made sure we were more solid."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Flahavan
  • 14Young
  • 25YorwerthBooked at 62mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 24Hancox
  • 20Deacon
  • 4Walton
  • 8SmithBooked at 17mins
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forAshtonat 88'minutes
  • 18HarroldSubstituted forRooneyat 70'minutes
  • 39MurphySubstituted forBarnardat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scales
  • 9Barnard
  • 10Rooney
  • 12Preston
  • 15Fenelon
  • 16Ashton
  • 22Jenkins

Bristol Rovers

  • 31Nicholls
  • 3BrownBooked at 43mins
  • 5McChrystalSubstituted forLockyerat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 10Taylor
  • 14Lines
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forGoslingat 76'minutes
  • 17Easter
  • 21MontañoSubstituted forHarrisonat 45'minutes
  • 23Bodin
  • 24Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 7Mansell
  • 8O Clarke
  • 9Harrison
  • 11Gosling
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
2,612

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

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

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Lee Barnard (Crawley Town).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Crawley Town).

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jon Ashton replaces Gwion Edwards.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 2, Bristol Rovers 1. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Mitch Hancox (Crawley Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Lee Barnard replaces Rhys Murphy.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Booking

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jake Gosling replaces James Clarke.

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Luke Rooney replaces Matt Harrold.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Yorwerth.

Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Foul by Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town).

(Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Attempt blocked. Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

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

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth18122428141438
2Oxford Utd18106229151436
3Northampton1810442922734
4Accrington189542921832
5Portsmouth187922516930
6Mansfield1885525151029
7Leyton Orient188553025529
8Wimbledon187652524127
9Carlisle187653132-127
10Luton187562921826
11Wycombe167542114726
12Bristol Rovers178272220226
13Exeter187562526-126
14Crawley187472327-425
15Morecambe177373129224
16Notts County176472225-322
17Barnet186392328-521
18Cambridge185582328-520
19Hartlepool1862101928-920
20Stevenage183782132-1116
21Newport183691728-1115
22York1826102131-1012
23Yeovil1825111931-1211
24Dag & Red1716101732-159
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