Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Crawley Town 0.
Accrington Stanley 1-0 Crawley Town
Shay McCartan scored his 11th goal of the season to keep Accrington's League Two play-off hopes alive victory over Crawley.
The forward dinked home three minutes into the second half as 11th-placed Stanley extended their unbeaten run to 15 games to keep in touch with the top seven.
Crawley's 20-goal top-scorer James Collins had a third-minute chance when he pounced on a defensive error but he fired wide.
Stanley grew into the game with goalkeeper Glenn Morris denying Matty Pearson at the near post.
In-form McCartan then claimed the winner, riding the challenge of Morris and finding the net for his sixth goal in seven games following a pass from Sean McConville.
Accrington could have made the scoreline more convincing but a free header from Omar Beckles was easy for Morris.
Josh Payne almost equalised when his curling effort was repelled by Stanley keeper Marek Rodak 10 minutes from time, before Collins blasted over from the rebound.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 3HughesBooked at 40mins
- 22McNerneyBooked at 53mins
- 24DjalóSubstituted forCliffordat 63'minutes
- 8SmithSubstituted forMurphyat 83'minutes
- 28CoxSubstituted forRobertsat 62'minutes
- David Webb
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Crawley Town 0.
Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town).
Delay in match Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) because of an injury.
Hand ball by Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town).
Foul by James Collins (Crawley Town).
Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).
Substitution, Crawley Town. Rhys Murphy replaces Jimmy Smith.
Attempt missed. James Collins (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt saved. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark Hughes.
Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Josh Payne.
Attempt saved. Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).
Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.