Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Port Vale 3.
Rejuvenated Port Vale made it three consecutive victories with an impressive 3-1 success at Crawley to put a dent in the Reds' play-off hopes.
Unchanged Vale, who significantly boosted their survival chances with successive wins over Newport and Colchester, made a fast start and skipper Tom Conlon drove them ahead impressively after 13 minutes.
Conlon smashed his seventh goal of the season from just inside the area after Crawley failed to deal with a cross from Devante Rodney.
Top scorer Rodney had earlier had a fierce shot turned over by keeper Glenn Morris, who also thwarted Theo Robinson in a one-on-one situation.
Crawley scored for the 10th game in a row to equalise on the stroke of half-time with the recalled Ashley Nadesan heading in his eighth goal of the season from Jack Powell's cross.
The Reds had a let off on the hour when, from a cross by David Worrall, Robinson's header came back off the crossbar.
But Vale regained the lead five minutes later when Crawley failed to clear and defender Nathan Smith netted with a shot on the turn from 12 yards.
Worrall made it 3-1 after 76 minutes by capitalising on a gift after Joe McNerney failed to find keeper Morris with an attempted header.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 4FrancombBooked at 55mins
- 18SesaySubstituted forTsaroullaat 69'minutes
- 34Maguire-DrewSubstituted forAllarakhiaat 65'minutes
- 38TilleySubstituted forMatthewsat 69'minutes
- 11MontañoBooked at 74minsSubstituted forOlagunjuat 88'minutes
- 10ConlonSubstituted forAmooat 90+2'minutes
- 12RobinsonSubstituted forGuthrieat 81'minutes
- Chris Sarginson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Port Vale 3.
Substitution, Port Vale. David Amoo replaces Tom Conlon.
Attempt blocked. Sam Matthews (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Sam Matthews (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Powell.
Substitution, Port Vale. Mustapha Olagunju replaces Cristian Montaño because of an injury.
Offside, Port Vale. Cristian Montaño tries a through ball, but Kurtis Guthrie is caught offside.
Foul by Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town).
Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Sam Matthews (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Tarryn Allarakhia (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Shaun Brisley (Port Vale).
Attempt saved. Sam Matthews (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Hessenthaler.
Substitution, Port Vale. Kurtis Guthrie replaces Theo Robinson.
Nick Tsaroulla (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale).
Attempt missed. Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Powell with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Nathan Smith.
Attempt blocked. Sam Matthews (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Tsaroulla.
Goal! Crawley Town 1, Port Vale 3. David Worrall (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.