League One
CrawleyCrawley Town2PrestonPreston North End1

Crawley Town 2-1 Preston North End

Lee Fowler
Fowler signed for Crawley on loan from Nuneaton Town on Friday

Substitute Lee Fowler fired home the winner on his debut as relegation-threatened Crawley beat play-off chasing Preston.

Anthony Wordsworth put the hosts ahead on his home debut when he bundled in Lewis Young's cross from close range.

Paul Huntington brought Preston level after the interval when he headed Paul Gallagher's corner in at the near post.

But Fowler gave Crawley their first win in 16 games in all competitions when he volleyed home from long range late on.

The win moved Crawley up to 22nd place, while Preston remained fourth in the League One table.

Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders told BBC Surrey:

"I've seen that we have been getting better and better, and it's a good win for us.

"We had lots of other chances as well, and I thought it's not going to be our day. But all in all, its just the three points we needed and hopefully it gives the players confidence.

"I think we just played them at the right time as well, they've hit a bit of a bad patch, and didn't look as confident as they normally do in front of goal."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 30Price
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 3Dickson
  • 25Ward
  • 12Walsh
  • 33Elliott
  • 7Edwards
  • 14YoungSubstituted forBawlingat 77'minutes
  • 26Wordsworth
  • 8SmithBooked at 59minsSubstituted forFowlerat 77'minutes
  • 9McLeod

Substitutes

  • 6Bradley
  • 10Morgan
  • 16Fowler
  • 17Anderson
  • 20Bawling
  • 21Tomlin
  • 27Dutton

Preston

  • 34Johnstone
  • 16BuchananSubstituted forDaviesat 85'minutes
  • 5Clarke
  • 15WoodsBooked at 75mins
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 56mins
  • 30BrownhillSubstituted forHumphreyat 77'minutes
  • 17Reid
  • 24Johnson
  • 19Welsh
  • 40Ebanks-Blake
  • 12Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 4Wiseman
  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Davies
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 22King
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
2,550

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 1. Lee Fowler (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Calum Woods.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces David Buchanan.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

  9. Post update

    Marvin Elliott (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Lewis Young.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Lee Fowler replaces Jimmy Smith.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Josh Brownhill.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  18. Booking

    Calum Woods (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

  20. Post update

    Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.