Torquay leapfrogged Crawley in the League Two play-off places as Eunan O'Kane grabbed the only goal of the game at the Broadfield Stadium.

The Irish midfielder secured an eighth away win for the Gulls from close range following a cross from Rene Howe.

Torquay, who had Danny Stevens carried off, could have gone behind just 10 seconds into the game but Robert Olejnik blocked Billy Clarke's shot.

And the keeper denied Clarke again by diving to save another goalbound drive.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley assistant boss Paul Raynor told BBC Sussex:

"It was not a typical Crawley performance. We lacked the normal tempo and desire, and played into Torquay's hands.

"Sometimes you've got to take it on the chin and be honest. We lacked cohesion, we looked disjointed, and we need to look long and hard at it.

"That certainly was unacceptable for a Crawley Town that we send out, that plays with purpose and passion and needs options on the ball. To say we're disappointed is an understatement. We just weren't good enough."

Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"I thought Rene Howe was outstanding today. He's a battering ram that's got skill as well.

"Olejnik is the best goalkeeper in the bottom two leagues, in my opinion.

"All 12 players we used today were immense."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Crawley Town

  • 26 Gilmartin
  • 03 Howell
  • 04 Mills
  • 05 McFadzean (Cummings - 67' )
  • 06 Akpan (Simpson - 46' )
  • 10 Watt
  • 15 Bulman
  • 22 Neilson (Torres - 46' )
  • 31 James
  • 07 Clarke
  • 17 Akinde

Substitutes

  • 01 Kuipers
  • 30 Cummings
  • 08 Torres
  • 11 Simpson
  • 21 Batt

Torquay

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Ellis
  • 18 Oastler Booked
  • 21 MacDonald Booked
  • 07 Mansell
  • 10 O'Kane
  • 11 Morris (Rowe-Turner - 88' )
  • 19 Stevens (Jarvis - 23' )
  • 22 Lathrope
  • 09 Howe

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 20 Craig
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 23 Atieno
Ref: Hooper
Att: 3,361

Match Stats

Shots

16 10

On target

8 3

Corners

5 2

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:47 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:19

Warren Cummings takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Ryan Jarvis.

90:00 +1:40

Lathanial Rowe-Turner takes a shot. Clearance made by Lloyd James.

89:33

Corner taken by Billy Clarke, Rene Howe makes a clearance.

87:01 Substitution

Substitution Lathanial Rowe-Turner is brought on as a substitute for Ian Morris.

86:43

Sergio Torres produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

85:42

Sanchez Watt takes a shot. Comfortable save by Robert Olejnik.

82:50

Shot from inside the area by John Akinde clears the bar.

78:57

Rene Howe provided the assist for the goal.

78:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Eunan O'Kane - Crawley 0 - 1 Torquay Eunan O'Kane scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crawley Town 0-1 Torquay.

78:05

Billy Clarke has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

76:05

Unfair challenge on Angus MacDonald by John Akinde results in a free kick. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

74:24

Foul by Sergio Torres on Joe Oastler, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from right wing, save by Rene Gilmartin.

73:26

Billy Clarke takes a corner.

73:01

John Akinde takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

72:23

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

71:07

Rene Howe has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the right of the goal.

70:48

Corner taken short by Ian Morris.

69:04

Rene Howe takes a shot.

68:15

John Akinde has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

66:51 Substitution

Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with Warren Cummings coming on for Kyle McFadzean.

60:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Lee Mansell. Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.

57:28

Unfair challenge on Mark Ellis by John Akinde results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

56:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mansell on Sanchez Watt. Free kick crossed right-footed by Billy Clarke from right channel, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angus MacDonald by Pablo Mills. Direct free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

54:17

Unfair challenge on Mark Ellis by John Akinde results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Angus MacDonald.

52:38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy Clarke. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

51:50

Sergio Torres challenges Damon Lathrope unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

51:17

Billy Clarke takes the direct free kick.

51:17 Booking

Booking Booking for Angus MacDonald.

51:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Watt by Angus MacDonald.

50:10

Rene Howe has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

49:37

Effort from outside the box by Josh Simpson goes wide right of the target.

46:11

Eunan O'Kane concedes a free kick for a foul on Dannie Bulman. Dannie Bulman takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Scott Neilson goes off and Sergio Torres comes on.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with Josh Simpson coming on for Hope Akpan.

45:00 +3:16 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lloyd James by Mark Ellis. Rene Gilmartin takes the direct free kick.

43:31

Rene Howe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean. Free kick taken by Rene Gilmartin.

42:59

Sanchez Watt takes a shot. Blocked by Angus MacDonald.

42:43

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Blocked by Angus MacDonald.

39:33

Effort from outside the penalty area by Kyle McFadzean goes wide left of the goal.

38:49

Rene Howe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean. Direct free kick taken by Rene Gilmartin.

37:24

The referee penalises Hope Akpan for handball. Direct free kick taken by Damon Lathrope.

35:01

Rene Howe produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

34:47

Ryan Jarvis takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Howell.

33:21

Angus MacDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Clarke. Billy Clarke delivers the ball, Sanchez Watt has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

32:30

Angus MacDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Clarke. Free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

29:45 Booking

Booking Joe Oastler is given a yellow card.

28:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanchez Watt on Eunan O'Kane. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.

27:29

Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Clearance made by Lloyd James.

25:42

Foul by John Akinde on Mark Ellis, free kick awarded. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

24:15

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ian Morris played to the near post, clearance made by Hope Akpan.

23:08

Sanchez Watt challenges Lee Mansell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Angus MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.

22:20 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jarvis replaces Danny Stevens.

18:19

Sanchez Watt fouled by Joe Oastler, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Billy Clarke, Robert Olejnik makes a save.

17:08

Unfair challenge on Pablo Mills by Rene Howe results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rene Gilmartin.

14:14

Inswinging corner taken by Billy Clarke, John Akinde takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

13:11

Kyle McFadzean has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the target.

12:42

Ian Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Howell. Billy Clarke takes the free kick.

9:05

Unfair challenge on Billy Clarke by Damon Lathrope results in a free kick. Pablo Mills takes the direct free kick.

7:02

Rene Howe produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

4:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Rene Howe. Rene Gilmartin restarts play with the free kick.

4:04

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

3:39

Effort on goal by Mark Ellis from just inside the area clears the bar.

0:23

Billy Clarke takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Nicholson manages to make a clearance.

0:08

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Fantastic save by Robert Olejnik.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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