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Crawley Town 2-2 Preston North End

Gary Alexander scored an injury-time equaliser against Preston as Crawley fought back from 2-0 down.

Paul Huntington headed Scott Laird's corner home early on.

Josh Brownhill doubled Preston's lead with a neat finish past Paul Jones before the hosts hit back through Joe Walsh's low strike.

The Red Devils, under manager John Gregory for the first time in the league, levelled when Alexander forced the ball in from Nicky Adams' corner.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

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John Gregory: Crawley Town boss after Preston draw

"Obviously I made a mistake on how we started off with the shape and the formation. I thought we were capable of playing that way, but it wasn't going to plan.

"We weren't very comfortable on what I was asking them to do, so I decided to change it and obviously 4-4-2 worked for us.

"The players were totally committed in everything they did and it was nice to give the fans something to shout about.

"The pressure we had, I thought we might go on and win it and the players have set the standard and I expect that every week."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 2HurstSubstituted forDruryat 24'minutes
  • 3Sadler
  • 12Walsh
  • 5McFadzean
  • 4Connolly
  • 16Adams
  • 15Bulman
  • 20SinclairSubstituted forProctorat 77'minutes
  • 9Alexander
  • 7Clarke

Substitutes

  • 8Torres
  • 10Drury
  • 14Proctor
  • 21Jones
  • 23Smith
  • 24Malins
  • 25Maddison

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 7HumphreyBooked at 34minsSubstituted forHolmesat 79'minutes
  • 3LairdBooked at 87mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 4Huntington
  • 6Wright
  • 2Keane
  • 30BrownhillSubstituted forHayhurstat 72'minutes
  • 10BeavonSubstituted forHumeat 72'minutes
  • 9Davies
  • 19WelshBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 11Holmes
  • 13Byrom
  • 16Buchanan
  • 24Hayhurst
  • 27Hume
  • 37Kilkenny
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
2,407

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 2.

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 2. Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Adams following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Booking

Scott Laird (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Booking

John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Lee Holmes replaces Chris Humphrey.

Attempt missed. Iain Hume (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Emile Sinclair.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Billy Clarke.

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town).

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by William Hayhurst (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Iain Hume replaces Stuart Beavon.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. William Hayhurst replaces Josh Brownhill.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Preston North End 2. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box.

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

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

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

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

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

goal

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12MK Dons197483029125
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15Shrewsbury205782123-222
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