Dannie Bulman's second-half goal gave Crawley victory at Gillingham in the battle for the League Two play-offs.

Crawley's Kyle McFadzean's saw his header hit the crossbar, while at the other end Simon King shot wide.

Bulman scored five minutes after the break, slipping in behind the defence and side-footing past Paulo Gazzaniga.

The visitors move up to fifth, but Gillingham slip to ninth, four points adrift of the seventh-placed Oxford and a point behind Crewe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"We got bullied a little bit. They dictated from the start and we looked a bit tired, so it was a disappointing night really.

"We said before tonight, it's a mini-league at the moment with 10 games to go. We've got to be around the top of that mini-league, if not top.

"The last home game we lost, we bounced back straight away, so we've got to go and do that at Bradford now.

"They're [Crawley] good at what they do. They don't play football, they launch it long and have to experienced big boys up front. I felt we played too deep at times and they got on top of us."

Crawley manager Steve Evans told BBC Sussex:

"It was a bit scary but it never should have been that way. We scored a perfectly good goal in the second half - why he's given that offside, I don't know.

"The players dug in tonight and we played some fantastic stuff, more in the first half.

"The Gillingham crowd were booing in the first half and that was testament to our performance. They're a good side and have some gifted youngsters.

"I showed a lot of faith in Michel Kuipers. He's a real character and someone who we've got a lot of respect for. Hopefully by the weekend we'll have some competition."

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90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:56

Corner taken by Danny Jackman played to the near post, save made by Michel Kuipers.

90:00 +0:40

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman from the left by-line played to the near post, Josh Simpson makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:10

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman played to the near post, clearance made by Kyle McFadzean.

89:35

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman from the left by-line, Danny Kedwell takes a shot. Dean Howell makes a clearance.

89:18

Danny Jackman takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Scott Davies manages to make a clearance.

88:49

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman from the left by-line to the near post, Josh Simpson manages to make a clearance.

87:41

Dannie Bulman challenges Danny Kedwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Martin takes the free kick.

86:26

Foul by Leon Clarke on Connor Essam, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon King.

83:52

Pablo Mills concedes a free kick for a foul on Jo Kuffour. A cross is delivered by Danny Jackman, Danny Kedwell produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

82:22

The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon Clarke. Connor Essam restarts play with the free kick.

81:35

Ashley Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Davies. Direct free kick taken by Scott Davies.

80:16

Shot from just outside the box by Hope Akpan goes over the bar.

79:40

Corner taken by Scott Davies from the right by-line, Chris Whelpdale manages to make a clearance.

79:02

Shot by Chris Whelpdale. Michel Kuipers makes a save.

78:17 Substitution

Substitution Joe Martin on for Jordan Obita.

76:52

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman, clearance by Leon Clarke.

74:12 Booking

Booking Jordan Obita booked for unsporting behaviour.

73:52

Unfair challenge on Sergio Torres by Danny Kedwell results in a free kick. Dean Howell takes the direct free kick.

72:50

Effort on goal by Sergio Torres from long range goes over the bar.

71:36

Leon Clarke fouled by Connor Essam, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Davies crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Jack Payne manages to make a clearance.

70:25 Substitution

Substitution (Gillingham) makes a substitution, with Ashley Miller coming on for Dennis Oli.

69:50

Danny Kedwell has a volleyed shot. Save by Michel Kuipers.

68:53

Gary Alexander is ruled offside. Paulo Gazzaniga restarts play with the free kick.

67:27

Unfair challenge on Jack Payne by Hope Akpan results in a free kick. Connor Essam takes the direct free kick.

65:19

The offside flag is raised against Hope Akpan. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.

64:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dannie Bulman on Chris Whelpdale. Jack Payne restarts play with the free kick.

62:28

Handball by Josh Simpson. Matt Fish takes the direct free kick.

60:32

Leon Clarke challenges Jack Payne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matt Fish takes the free kick.

59:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Jackman on Scott Davies. Free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

58:33

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman, Header by Connor Essam from just outside the area goes over the net.

58:02

Gary Alexander makes a clearance.

58:02 Booking

Booking Michel Kuipers goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

57:34

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman from the left by-line,

57:21

Chris Whelpdale has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Michel Kuipers.

56:16

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman, clearance by Pablo Mills.

55:16

Effort from inside the area by Gary Alexander misses to the right of the target.

54:10 Substitution

Substitution (Gillingham) makes a substitution, with Jo Kuffour coming on for Oliver Lee.

54:10

Matt Fish gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Clarke. Free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

50:41

Handball decision goes against Scott Davies. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.

49:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Dannie Bulman - Gillingham 0 - 1 Crawley A goal is scored by Dannie Bulman from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Gillingham 0-1 Crawley Town.

45:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale by Scott Davies. Direct free kick taken by Danny Jackman.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:54

Leon Clarke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

45:00 +1:44 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

42:54

Jordan Obita fouled by Gary Alexander, the ref awards a free kick. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.

41:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hope Akpan by Oliver Lee. Scott Davies takes the direct free kick.

39:45

Dannie Bulman handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

36:26

Direct free kick taken by Connor Essam.

36:26 Booking

Booking Gary Alexander is given a yellow card.

35:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fish by Gary Alexander.

35:26

The offside flag is raised against Leon Clarke. Matt Fish restarts play with the free kick.

31:15

Simon King has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

30:25

Unfair challenge on Dennis Oli by Kyle McFadzean results in a free kick. Matt Fish restarts play with the free kick.

28:19

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Davies from the right by-line, Kyle McFadzean takes a shot.

27:52

Oliver Lee challenges Sergio Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Davies restarts play with the free kick.

27:24

Leon Clarke is ruled offside. Simon King takes the free kick.

26:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dennis Oli on Sergio Torres. Free kick taken by Scott Davies.

25:19

Foul by Oliver Lee on Leon Clarke, free kick awarded. Pablo Mills takes the direct free kick.

22:31

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

21:51

Foul by Oliver Lee on Hope Akpan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

20:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dennis Oli. Michel Kuipers takes the free kick.

19:44

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Scott Davies, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Leon Clarke goes wide of the right-hand post.

13:39

Unfair challenge on Dannie Bulman by Oliver Lee results in a free kick. Dean Howell restarts play with the free kick.

12:09

The referee blows for offside. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.

8:45

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Scott Davies goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

7:07

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Scott Davies, Unfair challenge on Simon King by Pablo Mills results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

6:45

Outswinging corner taken by Scott Davies from the right by-line, clearance made by Oliver Lee.

4:25

Foul by Kyle McFadzean on Dennis Oli, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jordan Obita, save by Michel Kuipers. Corner taken by Danny Jackman from the right by-line, Close range header by Simon King goes wide of the left-hand post.

3:22

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Davies, Header by Kyle McFadzean from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

2:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hope Akpan by Danny Kedwell. Free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

1:20

Dennis Oli fouled by Pablo Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Jackman.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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