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Exeter City 2-2 Crawley Town

Luke Rooney
Luke Rooney had not scored a goal since 28 December 2014

Luke Rooney's stunning stoppage-time goal earned Crawley a point at Exeter.

Alex Nicholls had given City a great start when he lashed home Tom Nichols' pass after Clinton Morrison's dummy.

Sonny Bradley levelled as he found himself unmarked to head home Simon Walton's corner.

Nicholls struck a 20-yard half-volley to put Exeter back in front on the stroke of half-time, before Rooney's audacious 91st-minute shot flew past Bobby Olejnik and into the top corner.

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

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Mark Yates: Crawley Town boss on draw to Exeter

"I think it was deserved. It always looks harsh on the home when you get a goal in the 92nd minute, but we kept plugging away.

"We showed a spirit coming from a goal down twice and we've come a long way since the start of the season. It's pleasing we are making progress and we are far from the finished article but we are getting a way to play and we're working hard at it.

"I thought the substitutes made a massive part of it, and something tactical genius from myself.

"When you pick eleven and I think that's my best eleven for the game and you give me 70-80 per-cent. I ask the players who come on to continue the momentum and the ones today made it."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 11Davies
  • 39BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 5McAllister
  • 31Grant
  • 7Harley
  • 4Noble
  • 14Nicholls
  • 20Nichols
  • 13MorrisonSubstituted forWheelerat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 18Reid
  • 21Hamon
  • 22Wheeler
  • 23McCready
  • 26Tillson
  • 29Watkins

Crawley

  • 1Flahavan
  • 14Young
  • 6Bradley
  • 16AshtonSubstituted forRooneyat 53'minutes
  • 24Hancox
  • 20Deacon
  • 4Walton
  • 8Smith
  • 7Edwards
  • 39MurphySubstituted forFenelonat 70'minutes
  • 18HarroldBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBarnardat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scales
  • 9Barnard
  • 10Rooney
  • 12Preston
  • 15Fenelon
  • 17Bawling
  • 21Tomlin
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
3,664

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 2, Crawley Town 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Troy Brown (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 2, Crawley Town 2. Luke Rooney (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lee Barnard (Crawley Town).

  12. Post update

    Joel Grant (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by David Noble (Exeter City).

  15. Post update

    Lee Barnard (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Lee Barnard replaces Matt Harrold.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Clinton Morrison.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth17122327121538
2Oxford Utd1796228151333
3Northampton179442721631
4Accrington178542619729
5Portsmouth167722314928
6Mansfield177552214826
7Leyton Orient167542620626
8Bristol Rovers168262118326
9Carlisle177552930-126
10Luton177462921825
11Wycombe157442013725
12Wimbledon167452423125
13Morecambe167273129223
14Exeter176562325-223
15Notts County166462123-222
16Crawley176472126-522
17Cambridge175572125-420
18Barnet176292328-520
19Hartlepool165291524-917
20Stevenage173682132-1115
21Newport173591728-1114
22York172691928-912
23Yeovil1724111931-1210
24Dag & Red161691731-149
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