Hope Akpan's first goal for Crawley earned his side a draw with Accrington as they dropped to second in the table.

Stanley made the breakthrough just before half-time when Peter Murphy converted from close range.

Substitute Akpan then equalised after he drilled in a powerful shot from the edge of the area.

Michael Doughty had a late chance to win it for Crawley but saw his dipping shot tipped onto the crossbar by Dunbavin to keep the scores level.

Crawley are now behind Southend on goal difference.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley boss Steve Evans told BBC Sussex:

"We're disappointed. That would finish football, having to play against that every week.

"We started on the back foot and didn't really get going. Credit to our players, we gave it our best in the second half.

"Their only shot is the goal. They didn't try to play. It's two points dropped. We'll get back on the training ground on Monday and work hard."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Crawley Town

  • 25 Shearer
  • 03 Howell
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 11 Simpson (Hunt - 68' )
  • 28 Davis Booked
  • 08 Torres
  • 15 Bulman (Akpan - 64' )
  • 22 Neilson (Doughty - 55' )
  • 27 Drury
  • 09 Tubbs
  • 17 Akinde

Substitutes

  • 01 Kuipers
  • 04 Mills
  • 06 Akpan
  • 13 Hunt
  • 21 Doughty

Accrington Stanley

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 03 Winnard
  • 12 Murphy
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 17 Long
  • 02 Coid Booked (Hatfield - 85' Booked )
  • 06 Procter Booked
  • 08 Barnett
  • 11 Joyce
  • 23 Amond Booked
  • 19 Spray (Lindfield - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Murdoch
  • 15 Burton
  • 13 Dobie
  • 30 Hatfield
  • 07 Lindfield
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 2,987

Match Stats

Shots

19 6

On target

10 3

Corners

10 0

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

96:24 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:32

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury played to the near post, clearance by Charlie Barnett.

90:00 +0:34

Effort from deep inside the area by Sergio Torres misses to the left of the goal.

89:37 Booking

Booking Will Hatfield goes into the referee's book.

85:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Drury, clearance by Will Hatfield. Andy Drury takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Close range header by Hope Akpan goes wide of the left-hand post.

84:19 Substitution

Substitution Will Hatfield comes on in place of Danny Coid.

82:56

Michael Doughty takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Drury, Header by John Akinde from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

82:31

Handball decision goes against Craig Lindfield. Scott Shearer takes the indirect free kick.

81:56

Shot from close range by John Akinde misses to the left of the target.

81:39

Padraig Amond concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Drury. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

81:03 Booking

Booking Booking for Claude Davis for unsporting behaviour.

79:48

Matthew Tubbs takes a shot. Ian Dunbavin makes a save.

77:38

David Hunt provided the assist for the goal.

77:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Hope Akpan - Crawley 1 - 1 Accrington Hope Akpan finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crawley Town 1-1 Accrington Stanley.

74:55

Luke Joyce takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

73:29

Effort from just outside the area by Michael Doughty goes over the bar.

72:27

Corner taken by Andy Drury, save by Ian Dunbavin.

71:56

Corner taken by Andy Drury, save by Ian Dunbavin.

71:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Howell by Andrew Procter. Andy Drury takes the free kick.

69:59

Headed effort from inside the area by Matthew Tubbs misses to the left of the target.

69:37

Michael Doughty takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

67:57 Substitution

Substitution David Hunt replaces Josh Simpson.

66:57

Andy Drury takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

64:39

Indirect free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

64:39 Substitution

Substitution Craig Lindfield joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Spray.

64:39

Danny Coid concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Simpson.

63:42

Ian Dunbavin takes the free kick.

63:42 Substitution

Substitution Hope Akpan is brought on as a substitute for Dannie Bulman.

63:42

John Akinde challenges Charlie Barnett unfairly and gives away a free kick.

62:08

Long range shot by Luke Joyce goes wide left of the goal.

60:21

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andy Drury, Dean Winnard makes a clearance.

60:21 Booking

Booking Booking for Danny Coid.

59:51

Andy Drury fouled by Danny Coid, the ref awards a free kick.

57:37

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Drury, clearance made by Luke Joyce.

56:40

Danny Coid is ruled offside. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

55:15

Headed effort on goal by Andy Drury from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

54:44 Substitution

Substitution Michael Doughty joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Neilson.

54:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Drury by Charlie Barnett. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

54:25

Matthew Tubbs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Barnett. Ian Dunbavin takes the indirect free kick.

50:31

Unfair challenge on Andy Drury by Padraig Amond results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Claude Davis.

46:20

James Spray concedes a free kick for a foul on Claude Davis. Indirect free kick taken by Claude Davis.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +2:32

The assistant referee flags for offside against Padraig Amond. Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:27

Padraig Amond takes a shot. Kyle McFadzean gets a block in.

45:00 +0:46

John Akinde produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

45:00 +0:10

Foul by Danny Coid on Scott Neilson, free kick awarded. Andy Drury restarts play with the free kick.

44:32

John Akinde is ruled offside. Ian Dunbavin restarts play with the free kick.

43:05

Unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Luke Joyce results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andy Drury from right wing, Dean Winnard makes a clearance.

42:19 Booking

Booking Padraig Amond goes into the referee's book.

40:02

The assist for the goal came from Charlie Barnett.

40:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Murphy - Crawley 0 - 1 Accrington Peter Murphy finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Crawley Town 0-1 Accrington Stanley.

39:11

Kyle McFadzean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Padraig Amond. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Barnett.

38:54

Dannie Bulman takes a shot. Ian Dunbavin makes a comfortable save.

38:41

John Akinde takes a shot. Kevin Long gets a block in.

38:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Tubbs by Kevin Long. Dannie Bulman takes the direct free kick.

36:22

Andy Drury takes the outswinging corner, Kevin Long manages to make a clearance.

32:25

Foul by Sergio Torres on Andrew Procter, free kick awarded. Ian Dunbavin takes the indirect free kick.

30:07

Peter Murphy is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Andy Drury delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Ian Dunbavin.

26:25

Padraig Amond takes a shot. Claude Davis gets a block in.

25:48

Unfair challenge on Danny Coid by Scott Neilson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Joyce.

25:09

James Spray is ruled offside. Kyle McFadzean restarts play with the free kick.

23:59

Dean Howell is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

20:40

Unfair challenge on Peter Murphy by Sergio Torres results in a free kick. Peter Murphy takes the free kick.

20:02

Kevin Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Tubbs. Matthew Tubbs takes the free kick.

17:50

Scott Neilson challenges Kevin McIntyre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

17:29

Josh Simpson takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

12:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Matthew Tubbs. Ian Dunbavin takes the free kick.

11:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Spray by Kyle McFadzean. Peter Murphy takes the direct free kick.

10:15

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury from the right by-line to the near post, Padraig Amond manages to make a clearance.

9:31

Shot from long range by Padraig Amond goes wide of the left-hand post.

8:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Procter by Dannie Bulman. Ian Dunbavin takes the indirect free kick.

4:43

Unfair challenge on Andrew Procter by John Akinde results in a free kick. Peter Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

3:55

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Drury, Headed effort on goal by Claude Davis from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

2:53

Shot on goal comes in from Andy Drury from the free kick.

2:53 Booking

Booking Andrew Procter goes into the referee's book.

2:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Procter on Sergio Torres.

2:17

Scott Neilson takes a shot. Kevin Long gets a block in.

1:14

Kevin Long challenges Matthew Tubbs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Drury.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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