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Crawley Town 1-2 Exeter City

Exeter remained in the hunt for an automatic-promotion place with a well deserved win at Crawley in League Two .

Second-half goals from Ollie Watkins and Jordan Moore-Taylor moved City four points behind third-placed Carlisle and condemned Town to a third consecutive home defeat.

Watkins, who scored in Exeter's 2-2 draw at home to Blackpool last Saturday, should have tested goalkeeper Glenn Morris early on when he fired over when well placed.

Midfielder Ryan Harley was also off target for the Grecians before Watkins put a left-foot shot over from just inside the area.

Crawley striker James Collins, on target in seven successive previous home games, had an opportunity to put his side ahead at the far post, but his header from a cross by Dean Cox lacked power .

Exeter goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik made an important save just before the break, keeping out an attempted lob by Enzio Boldewijn after Kaby Djalo's pass.

Watkins put Exeter ahead five minutes after the interval with his 13th goal of the season, bringing the ball down before scoring with a deflected shot into the corner.

The Grecians doubled their advantage in the 68th minute when, from a cross by Jake Taylor, Moore-Taylor slotted the ball home from the middle of the goal.

Crawley pulled a goal back in the last minute when defender Mark Connolly firmly headed in a cross from substitute Billy Clifford, but Exeter hung on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 12Morris
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 22McNerney
  • 14Blackman
  • 44Henderson
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 8SmithSubstituted forPayneat 77'minutes
  • 24DjalóBooked at 48minsSubstituted forMurphyat 53'minutes
  • 28CoxSubstituted forCliffordat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 4Payne
  • 13Mersin
  • 15Yorwerth
  • 16Garnett
  • 17Bawling
  • 18Clifford
  • 39Murphy

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 11WheelerSubstituted forOakleyat 84'minutes
  • 4JamesSubstituted forTillsonat 88'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 7Harley
  • 33ReidSubstituted forMcAlindenat 69'minutes
  • 14Watkins

Substitutes

  • 6Tillson
  • 12Grant
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 21Hamon
  • 29Croll
  • 31Sweeney
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
1,826

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Exeter City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Exeter City 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

  7. Booking

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

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Crawley Town 1, Exeter City 2. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Billy Clifford.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town).

  12. Post update

    Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Jordan Tillson replaces Lloyd James.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

  15. Post update

    Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Oakley replaces David Wheeler.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andre Blackman (Crawley Town).

  19. Post update

    David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Billy Clifford (Crawley Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster34208666422468
2Plymouth33195952361662
3Carlisle34151365649758
4Portsmouth33168949301956
5Luton331412749311854
6Exeter341661255381754
7Stevenage34164145651552
8Mansfield34131294338551
9Colchester34148125043750
10Grimsby34138134040047
11Wycombe34138134244-247
12Cambridge33137134340346
13Barnet341113104346-346
14Morecambe33137134248-646
15Blackpool331014949371244
16Crawley33126154152-1142
17Yeovil34913123340-740
18Cheltenham34911143846-838
19Notts County34107173858-2037
20Crewe34812143652-1636
21Accrington32811133646-1035
22Hartlepool34811154358-1535
23Leyton Orient3485213655-1929
24Newport33511173753-1626
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