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Crawley Town 2-0 Stevenage

Stevenage lost at Crawley as their relegation battle became increasingly desperate following a seventh successive league defeat.

Goals in either half from Bez Lubala and Ashley Nadesan stretched the Reds' unbeaten home league run to eight games in new Stevenage manager Alex Revell's first match in charge.

Crawley, unbeaten at home in the league since 23 November, had the ball in the net early on but Nadesan's effort was ruled offside.

Nadesan later forced goalkeeper Paul Farman to save low down before firing across the face of the goal from a pass by Lubala.

Former Birmingham forward Lubala gave the Reds the lead midway through the first half with a 25-yard shot which flew in off the post.

Mason Bloomfield was denied by Farman moments later and Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris kept his side ahead by pushing a goal-bound shot from Charlie Carter around the post.

Carter blazed a good chance over for Stevenage just after the break and Boro then had a let off when a shot from Ricardo German came back off the post and into the hands of Farman.

German put another shot against the post before Nadesan sealed Crawley's victory in the third minute of stoppage time from an unselfish pass by Lubala to leave Stevenage stranded by eight points at the bottom of the table.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 20Sendles-White
  • 3Doherty
  • 7Grego-CoxSubstituted forCamaraat 61'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 12FergusonSubstituted forPowellat 61'minutes
  • 21Bulman
  • 30LubalaBooked at 85mins
  • 16Enigbokan-BloomfieldSubstituted forGermanat 45'minutes
  • 10Nadesan

Substitutes

  • 13German
  • 17Allarakhia
  • 27McGill
  • 28Camara
  • 34Powell
  • 37Adebowale

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Farman
  • 2WildinBooked at 65mins
  • 6Soares
  • 31Nugent
  • 39LeesleySubstituted forMackail-Smithat 82'minutes
  • 34ListSubstituted forCarrollat 74'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 7Carter
  • 26DaboSubstituted forParrettat 31'minutes
  • 32Lakin
  • 42Kemp
  • 20Cassidy

Substitutes

  • 4Digby
  • 11Sonupe
  • 12Carroll
  • 13Bastien
  • 18Parrett
  • 30Fernandez
  • 35Mackail-Smith
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
2,232

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Stevenage 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Stevenage 0.

  3. Post update

    Daniel Kemp (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Crawley Town 2, Stevenage 0. Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Bez Lubala following a fast break.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Carter (Stevenage).

  7. Post update

    Josh Dacres-Cogley (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ben Nugent (Stevenage).

  9. Post update

    Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Lakin (Stevenage).

  11. Post update

    Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Ricardo German (Crawley Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Jack Powell.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Parrett.

  16. Booking

    Canice Carroll (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tom Soares (Stevenage).

  19. Post update

    Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ashley Nadesan.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon34206860372366
2Crewe34197862402264
3Exeter34189750381263
4Plymouth34188854371762
5Cheltenham331512648262257
6Colchester351413849351455
7Northampton341671149361355
8Port Vale35141384842655
9Bradford351312104237551
10Forest Green351210134140146
11Cambridge35129143844-645
12Crawley351014114746144
13Salford351111134546-144
14Walsall35128153748-1144
15Newport321110112928143
16Grimsby331011123943-441
17Scunthorpe34109154250-839
18Leyton Orient35912144554-939
19Oldham35814133954-1538
20Carlisle34812143552-1736
21Mansfield35811164654-835
22Morecambe35710183458-2431
23Macclesfield35715133242-1030
24Stevenage35313192347-2422
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