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Crawley Town 1-0 Cambridge United

Matt Harrold
Matt Harrold slides in to score the winning goal for Crawley

Crawley extended their fine home record with a narrow win over Cambridge.

Matt Harrold's fifth goal of the season proved to be the decisive moment as he fired in from close range after a cross from Lee Barnard.

The U's came close to equalising when midfielder Luke Berry rifled an effort off the post from 20 yards.

Crawley held on to make it seven wins out of their last eight home league games, and rise to 13th in League Two, just two points behind Cambridge.

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Mark Yates: Crawley boss on win over Cambridge

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

"That's the proudest I have ever been in a team today. I had 11 outfield players training yesterday and two keepers, and I apologised to the boys for the numbers we had.

"It's been a bit of a shambles, but the players haven't moaned and they've got on with working on the 4G pitch across the road. We've worked in the gym and done things a bit differently and they were magnificent today.

"We were better than Cambridge all round today. We just wanted a win today and next week we've got a chance to make that eight out of nine with a tough one at Notts County, and then we will have to address our home form."

Cambridge boss Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"I never felt that we played the conditions intelligently enough. They wanted the win more than us and that's a cause of concern for me because prior to last week, and prior to today, I felt we've really competed all over the pitch.

"Now I'm asking questions, and I'm expecting answers to be delivered in the performances, not just in voice.

"It was a horrible, scrappy game, I don't think anybody enjoyed watching it, but you get so many of them games at this level, and you've got to find a formula to affect the opposition and today we were second best."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Flahavan
  • 14Young
  • 16Ashton
  • 6BradleyBooked at 10mins
  • 26Smith
  • 7Edwards
  • 4Walton
  • 22Jenkins
  • 21TomlinSubstituted forBawlingat 77'minutes
  • 9BarnardSubstituted forRooneyat 90+2'minutes
  • 18Harrold

Substitutes

  • 2Preston
  • 10Rooney
  • 15Fenelon
  • 17Bawling
  • 20Deacon

Cambridge

  • 35Norris
  • 25Furlong
  • 6Legge
  • 5Roberts
  • 12Page
  • 8BerryBooked at 28mins
  • 24NewtonBooked at 43mins
  • 23Ledson
  • 11Dunk
  • 10Corr
  • 21GaffneySubstituted forSimpsonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Omozusi
  • 9Slew
  • 13Beasant
  • 14Coulson
  • 15Simpson
  • 28Horne
  • 32Williams
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
2,320

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Cambridge United 0.

Attempt missed. Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Luke Rooney replaces Lee Barnard.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Mark Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ross Jenkins (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Page (Cambridge United).

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).

Darnell Furlong (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Darnell Furlong (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Gavin Tomlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Robbie Simpson replaces Rory Gaffney.

Foul by Jon Ashton (Crawley Town).

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Legge (Cambridge United).

Attempt missed. Conor Newton (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Crawley Town).

Mark Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Darnell Furlong (Cambridge United).

Attempt missed. Rory Gaffney (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Simon Walton (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Simon Walton (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Newton (Cambridge United).

Foul by Lee Barnard (Crawley Town).

Lewis Page (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Lee Barnard (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by George Smith.

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crawley Town 1, Cambridge United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Cambridge United 0.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Barry Corr.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Lewis Page.

Attempt missed. George Smith (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth25164538201852
2Northampton24154542281449
3Oxford Utd25139340211948
4Portsmouth251111344222244
5Bristol Rovers26134936261043
6Wycombe2411763224840
7Accrington22116538261239
8Mansfield25108735251038
9Leyton Orient2591064035537
10Carlisle2310764239337
11Wimbledon259973531436
12Cambridge26106103939036
13Crawley26104123344-1134
14Morecambe2394104241131
15Barnet2694133644-831
16Luton2586113838030
17Exeter2486103137-630
18Notts County2486103744-730
19Stevenage2669113547-1227
20Newport2448122739-1220
21Hartlepool2162132035-1520
22Dag & Red2547142645-1919
23Yeovil2538142338-1517
24York2437142647-2116
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