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Cheltenham Town 0-1 Crawley Town

A debut goal from Ollie Palmer earned Crawley victory at Cheltenham on the opening day of the League Two season.

Palmer headed home the game's only goal in the 63rd minute and the visitors held on to win after Kevin Dawson hit the crossbar with a penalty.

Harry Kewell's side had made the stronger start against a Cheltenham team including eight debutants.

Dominic Poleon was denied in the fourth minute by goalkeeper Scott Flinders, who then recovered to catch Dannie Bulman's follow-up header.

Filipe Morais set up Poleon two minutes later, but Flinders saved again.

Cheltenham carved out their first chance in the 15th minute when Alex Addai played in Immanuelson Duku, but visiting keeper Glenn Morris blocked well with his legs.

Flinders kept out Josh Payne's 20-yard effort, but Cheltenham improved after a change of formation midway through the half.

However, the breakthrough came 18 minutes into the second half when Palmer headed in Morais' corner from the right.

Cheltenham had a glorious opportunity to equalise in the 72nd minute when they were awarded a penalty after a foul by Romain Vincelot on substitute Kalvin Kalala, but Dawson's spot-kick hit the bar and went over.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1FlindersBooked at 36mins
  • 21BaldwinSubstituted forBroomat 56'minutes
  • 5Mullins
  • 15Boyle
  • 17Debayo
  • 16AddaiSubstituted forKalalaat 64'minutes
  • 4Tozer
  • 6Atangana
  • 20Maddox
  • 9Duku
  • 10McAlindenSubstituted forDawsonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Thomas
  • 8Dawson
  • 11Broom
  • 14Smith
  • 22Lovett
  • 23Forster
  • 24Kalala

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 14Francomb
  • 6Connolly
  • 20Vincelot
  • 3Doherty
  • 2Young
  • 4Payne
  • 21BulmanSubstituted forRandallat 79'minutes
  • 22Morais
  • 9PalmerSubstituted forCamaraat 90+3'minutes
  • 10PoleonSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McNerney
  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 12Mersin
  • 15Nathaniel-George
  • 25Randall
  • 28Camara
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
2,719

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Crawley Town 1.

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Panutche Camara replaces Ollie Palmer.

Attempt saved. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Filipe Morais (Crawley Town).

Johnny Mullins (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kalvin Kalala (Cheltenham Town).

Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Johnny Mullins (Cheltenham Town).

Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Nigel Atangana (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Mark Randall replaces Dannie Bulman.

Delay in match (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Kalvin Kalala (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty missed! Still Cheltenham Town 0, Crawley Town 1. Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot.

Penalty conceded by Romain Vincelot (Crawley Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Cheltenham Town. Kalvin Kalala draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Immanuelson Duku (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Francomb (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Reece Grego-Cox replaces Dominic Poleon.

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Kevin Dawson replaces Liam McAlinden.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Kalvin Kalala replaces Alex Addai.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Crawley Town 1. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Filipe Morais with a cross.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by William Boyle.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Poleon (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe11006063
2Forest Green11004133
3Mansfield11003033
4Port Vale11003033
5Exeter11003123
6Swindon11003213
7MK Dons11002113
8Bury11001013
9Crawley11001013
10Lincoln City11001013
11Stevenage10102201
12Tranmere10102201
13Colchester10100001
14Notts County10100001
15Macclesfield100123-10
16Oldham100112-10
17Cheltenham100101-10
18Northampton100101-10
19Yeovil100101-10
20Carlisle100113-20
21Grimsby100114-30
22Cambridge100103-30
23Newport100103-30
24Morecambe100106-60
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