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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Stevenage 0.

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

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

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.

Foul by Charlie Carter (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Ben Nugent (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Charlie Lakin (Stevenage).

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

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

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

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

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

Booking

Canice Carroll (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

Foul by Tom Soares (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ashley Nadesan.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Sendles-White (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Joe Leesley.

Booking

Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Panutche Camara.

Offside, Stevenage. Canice Carroll tries a through ball, but Jake Cassidy is caught offside.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

Jack Powell (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Canice Carroll replaces Elliott List because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ricardo German (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Nadesan.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Josh Doherty.

Attempt missed. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Luther Wildin (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luther Wildin (Stevenage).

Ricardo German (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Josh Doherty.

goal

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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