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Crawley Town 1-2 Exeter City

Exeter remained in the hunt for an automatic-promotion place with a well deserved win at Crawley in League Two .

Second-half goals from Ollie Watkins and Jordan Moore-Taylor moved City four points behind third-placed Carlisle and condemned Town to a third consecutive home defeat.

Watkins, who scored in Exeter's 2-2 draw at home to Blackpool last Saturday, should have tested goalkeeper Glenn Morris early on when he fired over when well placed.

Midfielder Ryan Harley was also off target for the Grecians before Watkins put a left-foot shot over from just inside the area.

Crawley striker James Collins, on target in seven successive previous home games, had an opportunity to put his side ahead at the far post, but his header from a cross by Dean Cox lacked power .

Exeter goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik made an important save just before the break, keeping out an attempted lob by Enzio Boldewijn after Kaby Djalo's pass.

Watkins put Exeter ahead five minutes after the interval with his 13th goal of the season, bringing the ball down before scoring with a deflected shot into the corner.

The Grecians doubled their advantage in the 68th minute when, from a cross by Jake Taylor, Moore-Taylor slotted the ball home from the middle of the goal.

Crawley pulled a goal back in the last minute when defender Mark Connolly firmly headed in a cross from substitute Billy Clifford, but Exeter hung on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 12Morris
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 22McNerney
  • 14Blackman
  • 44Henderson
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 8SmithSubstituted forPayneat 77'minutes
  • 24DjalóBooked at 48minsSubstituted forMurphyat 53'minutes
  • 28CoxSubstituted forB Cliffordat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 4Payne
  • 13Mersin
  • 15Yorwerth
  • 16Garnett
  • 17Bawling
  • 18B Clifford
  • 39Murphy

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 11WheelerSubstituted forOakleyat 84'minutes
  • 4JamesSubstituted forTillsonat 88'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 7Harley
  • 33ReidSubstituted forMcAlindenat 69'minutes
  • 14Watkins

Substitutes

  • 6Tillson
  • 12Grant
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 21Hamon
  • 29Croll
  • 31Sweeney
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
1,826

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Exeter City 2.

Full Time

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

Booking

Billy Clifford (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Exeter City 2. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Billy Clifford.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town).

Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jordan Tillson replaces Lloyd James.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Oakley replaces David Wheeler.

Attempt missed. Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Andre Blackman (Crawley Town).

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Billy Clifford (Crawley Town).

Jack Stacey (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lloyd James (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Payne replaces Jimmy Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Billy Clifford replaces Dean Cox.

Attempt missed. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Hand ball by Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Reuben Reid.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 0, Exeter City 2. Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Wheeler.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

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

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Exeter City).

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

Foul by Reuben Reid (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Rhys Murphy replaces Kaby.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 0, Exeter City 1. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Booking

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

Foul by Kaby (Crawley Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster34208666422468
2Plymouth33195952361662
3Carlisle34151365649758
4Portsmouth33168949301956
5Luton331412749311854
6Exeter341661255381754
7Stevenage34164145651552
8Mansfield34131294338551
9Colchester34148125043750
10Grimsby34138134040047
11Wycombe34138134244-247
12Cambridge33137134340346
13Barnet341113104346-346
14Morecambe33137134248-646
15Blackpool331014949371244
16Crawley33126154152-1142
17Yeovil34913123340-740
18Cheltenham34911143846-838
19Notts County34107173858-2037
20Crewe34812143652-1636
21Accrington32811133646-1035
22Hartlepool34811154358-1535
23Leyton Orient3485213655-1929
24Newport33511173753-1626
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