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Walsall 1-2 Crawley Town

Matt Tubbs

Matt Tubbs scored twice as Crawley beat Walsall in their first game in a month.

Tubbs opened the scoring from the spot after home captain Andy Butler accidentally handled in the box.

The striker doubled his tally after the break when he headed in Billy Clarke's fine far-post cross from six yards.

Sam Mantom pulled one back for the Saddlers as he met Craig Westcarr's corner before Clarke was sent off when he received a second yellow card for time-wasting, but Crawley held on.

Crawley, who had not played since their 2-2 draw with Rotherham on 25 January, remain just two points clear of the relegation zone.

However the Sussex side have up to seven games in hand on some of the clubs at the bottom of the League One table.

Walsall, who are now without a victory in five games, sit five points off a play-off spot in seventh place.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

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Post-match: Crawley boss Gregory

"We knew today was going to be a very tough game but I felt we got a good start which helped when we got the penalty.

"Walsall got back into the game and we had to hang on at the end but we showed an enormous amount of resilience to withstand the pressure in the last 20 minutes.

"You can always tell how much you are under pressure by what your goalkeeper has done and Paul Jones didn't much to do today.

"The longer the game went on the more comfortable I got."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 14Benning
  • 8Mantom
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 29BrandySubstituted forHemmingsat 86'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 30NgooSubstituted forSawyersat 61'minutes
  • 10Westcarr
  • 9LalkovicBooked at 74minsSubstituted forBaxendaleat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 15Chambers
  • 16Baxendale
  • 24Hewitt
  • 25Sawyers

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 37mins
  • 3Sadler
  • 11Simpson
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 19mins
  • 12Walsh
  • 28DickerSubstituted forBulmanat 62'minutes
  • 10Drury
  • 18TubbsSubstituted forProctorat 90'minutes
  • 7ClarkeBooked at 80mins
  • 21Jones

Substitutes

  • 9Fallon
  • 14Proctor
  • 15Bulman
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 29Connolly
  • 32Atkins
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
3,904

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Crawley Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Crawley Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Matt Tubbs.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Febian Brandy.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

  13. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Milan Lalkovic.

  15. Post update

    Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

  17. Post update

    Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

  19. Booking

    Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Booking

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient33207666323467
2Wolves31207454203467
3Brentford31206554312366
4Preston321612443301360
5Rotherham31169655401557
6Peterborough311641151411052
7Walsall32121193731647
8Swindon32136134943645
9MK Dons32127134644243
10Port Vale32134154449-543
11Bradford3291494338541
12Gillingham33115174255-1338
13Coventry31138105956337
14Oldham32107153644-837
15Carlisle32106163754-1736
16Colchester29811103638-235
17Sheff Utd3098133238-635
18Tranmere3298153855-1735
19Crawley2681083135-434
20Crewe3297163761-2434
21Bristol City33614134755-832
22Shrewsbury32710153143-1231
23Notts County3393214255-1330
24Stevenage3074192850-2225
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