League Two
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Two early goals from striker Rhys Murphy helped Crawley to a 2-1 victory against Bristol Rovers - their fourth home win in a row.

Oldham loanee Murphy poked in after Gwion Edwards' cross bobbled around in the box, and a minute later struck a second from 25 yards past Lee Nicholls.

Darryl Flahavan protected the lead with smart saves from Rovers defender Tom Parkes and striker Ellis Harrison.

Matty Taylor's late penalty gave Rovers hope, but Crawley clung on.

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

"We knew it was going to be tough but we started brilliantly.

"Thoroughly deserved the half-time lead against the wind but it's a 90-minute game and that's all I am worried about.

"They were throwing caution to the wind and it didn't matter if we played two up or three up top and they tried overloading us. We made sure we were more solid."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Flahavan
  • 14Young
  • 25YorwerthBooked at 62mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 24Hancox
  • 20Deacon
  • 4Walton
  • 8SmithBooked at 17mins
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forAshtonat 88'minutes
  • 18HarroldSubstituted forRooneyat 70'minutes
  • 39MurphySubstituted forBarnardat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scales
  • 9Barnard
  • 10Rooney
  • 12Preston
  • 15Fenelon
  • 16Ashton
  • 22Jenkins

Bristol Rovers

  • 31Nicholls
  • 3BrownBooked at 43mins
  • 5McChrystalSubstituted forLockyerat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 10Taylor
  • 14Lines
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forGoslingat 76'minutes
  • 17Easter
  • 21MontañoSubstituted forHarrisonat 45'minutes
  • 23Bodin
  • 24Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 7Mansell
  • 8O Clarke
  • 9Harrison
  • 11Gosling
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
2,612

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lee Barnard (Crawley Town).

  6. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lee Barnard (Crawley Town).

  9. Post update

    James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Jon Ashton replaces Gwion Edwards.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Crawley Town 2, Bristol Rovers 1. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  12. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Mitch Hancox (Crawley Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Penalty Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin draws a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Lee Barnard replaces Rhys Murphy.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Young.

  17. Booking

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

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