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Crawley Town 0-2 Exeter City

Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins had scored just two goals for Exeter before his current run of form

Exeter's hopes of making the League Two play-offs were kept alive as they won at Crawley Town.

Jake Taylor and Lee Holmes went close for Exeter early on before Taylor was set-up by young striker Ollie Watkins for his second goal in three games.

Exeter's Bobby Olejnik saved well from Liam McAlinden soon after the break while Shamir Fenelon and Sonny Bradley were also denied by the Austrian.

But Watkins got his fourth goal in six games to seal the win late on.

The 20-year-old powerfully headed in Taylor's cross as Exeter moved up to 11th place - five points off the play-offs - while Crawley stay 16th.

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

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Mark Yates: Crawley boss on defeat by Exeter

"I think they showed what a good side they were, particularly in the first half, and we didn't set out not to make tackles or not to stay with runners.

"But I felt the goal was coming, as did the crowd by the sounds of it, we didn't take enough warning from it and we didn't stay with our men properly.

"We watched them and without Matt Harrold in the team we just felt we needed to be a little more solid in the middle of the park. I thought we gave them a right game and their keeper made four or five really good saves."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 12Preston
  • 22BondBooked at 19mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 16AshtonSubstituted forMcNerneyat 79'minutes
  • 31Dunne
  • 21TomlinSubstituted forEdwardsat 45'minutes
  • 24Sutherland
  • 4WaltonSubstituted forDeaconat 70'minutes
  • 14Young
  • 11McAlinden
  • 15Fenelon

Substitutes

  • 1Rose
  • 5McNerney
  • 7Edwards
  • 17Bawling
  • 20Deacon
  • 30Della Verde

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 38TaylorBooked at 80minsSubstituted forWheelerat 88'minutes
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 5McAllister
  • 3Woodman
  • 11Davies
  • 7Harley
  • 29WatkinsBooked at 48minsSubstituted forGrantat 88'minutes
  • 10Holmes
  • 33Stockley
  • 39Brown

Substitutes

  • 13Morrison
  • 14Nicholls
  • 22Wheeler
  • 26Tillson
  • 30Pym
  • 31Grant
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
2,416

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Exeter City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Exeter City 2.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Joe McNerney.

Attempt blocked. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Andy Bond (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Wheeler (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Joel Grant replaces Ollie Watkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Jake Taylor.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

Attempt blocked. Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Liam McAlinden went off injured after Crawley Town had used all subs.

Liam McAlinden (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

Foul by Frankie Sutherland (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Booking

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Joe McNerney replaces Jon Ashton.

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

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Lee Holmes.

Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 0, Exeter City 2. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

Foul by Andy Bond (Crawley Town).

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Roarie Deacon replaces Simon Walton.

Foul by Frankie Sutherland (Crawley Town).

Arron Davies (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Simon Walton (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Charles Dunne (Crawley Town).

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton39268571393286
2Oxford Utd402013769363373
3Plymouth392181056352171
4Accrington392010963441970
5Bristol Rovers392151361402168
6Portsmouth381615762352763
7Wycombe391710124134761
8Leyton Orient391611125351259
9Carlisle38141595855357
10Wimbledon381511125547856
11Exeter391511135453156
12Cambridge391510145351255
13Mansfield391411144946353
14Luton38158155251153
15Barnet39149165157-651
16Crawley39138184360-1747
17Hartlepool37126193955-1642
18Newport391011184056-1641
19Notts County38118194766-1941
20Morecambe38117205767-1040
21Yeovil38912173650-1439
22Stevenage38811194564-1935
23York39610234374-3128
24Dag & Red38510233466-3225
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