Gary Alexander's late penalty rescued a point for promotion-chasing Crawley while Crewe remain in the hunt for a League Two play-off place.

Byron Moore's strike from 18 yards put Crewe - who are now two points behind Oxford United in seventh - in front.

Crawley keeper Michel Kuipers was in fine form preventing Moore twice while also denying Ajay Leitch-Smith.

Crewe looked to be heading for victory before Lee Bell handled Josh Taylor's cross to earn Crawley a penalty.

The result leaves Crawley in the top three, a point above Shrewsbury, who have a game in hand.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley manager Steve Evans told BBC Sussex:

"I think Crewe were the better side in the first half. We had one or two who decided to enjoy the occasion rather than play. We changed it at half-time, and from then on in it was them on the counter-attack and us dominating.

"The crowd were fantastic, and there is a great togetherness in the squad. We're here seeing ourselves against one of the best teams in the league in Crewe.

"We're depleted and they've got everybody. We're patching holes with square pegs, but we know why that is. It's because of the unprofessional behaviour of three others at Bradford."

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"In fairness we should have been out of sight because we totally dominated the first half and had numerous chances which we should have converted.

"They were always going to have a spell in the game in the second half, I felt that was coming but thought we defended it superbly well.

"It was very harsh and very cruel on us that we were unable to finish the game off because I thought that we deserved to.

"I know Steve Evans always talks about them being a good footballing side but he's seen a good footballing side today. He would have accepted being beaten."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Kuipers
  • 03 Howell
  • 18 Dempster
  • 30 Cummings
  • 02 Davies (Watt - 46' )
  • 06 Akpan (Neilson - 74' )
  • 08 Torres
  • 11 Simpson
  • 15 Bulman
  • 09 Alexander Booked
  • 39 Clarke (Clarke - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Shearer
  • 07 Clarke
  • 22 Neilson
  • 31 James
  • 10 Watt

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips Booked
  • 03 Davis
  • 05 Artell Booked
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 04 Westwood
  • 08 Murphy
  • 17 Mellor
  • 34 Bodin
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 11 Moore
  • 25 Powell (Bell - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 12 Shelley
  • 33 Brown
  • 07 Bell
  • 19 Clayton
Ref: Malone
Att: 4,723

Match Stats

Shots

8 13

On target

2 10

Corners

4 9

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:43

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Alexander. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

90:00 +0:49

Shot by Ajay Leitch-Smith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

88:27

Foul by Byron Moore on Josh Simpson, free kick awarded. Warren Cummings takes the free kick.

88:16 Booking

Booking David Artell receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

87:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Alexander - Crawley 1 - 1 Crewe Penalty taken right-footed by Gary Alexander and scored. Crawley Town 1-1 Crewe.

87:45

The assist for the goal came from Scott Neilson.

86:01 Booking

Booking Booking for Steve Phillips for unsporting behaviour.

85:53

Handball decision goes against Lee Bell.

82:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Warren Cummings by Byron Moore. Warren Cummings takes the free kick.

82:39

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Clarke. Billy Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

81:07

David Artell restarts play with the free kick.

81:07 Substitution

Substitution Lee Bell is brought on as a substitute for Nick Powell.

81:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dannie Bulman on Ajay Leitch-Smith.

79:50

Ajay Leitch-Smith challenges John Dempster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Warren Cummings.

78:54

Shot by Sanchez Watt from outside the box goes over the target.

77:42

Ajay Leitch-Smith is caught offside. Michel Kuipers takes the free kick.

74:45

John Dempster fouled by Nick Powell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Warren Cummings.

73:54 Substitution

Substitution Scott Neilson on for Hope Akpan.

73:54 Substitution

Substitution Billy Clarke replaces Leon Clarke.

73:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Bodin on Josh Simpson. Free kick taken by Josh Simpson.

71:57

Ashley Westwood challenges Sergio Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Howell.

69:18

Sergio Torres fouled by Byron Moore, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Howell takes the free kick.

68:39

Corner taken by Sanchez Watt from the left by-line.

68:21

Short corner taken by Sanchez Watt.

66:27

Hope Akpan fouled by Billy Bodin, the ref awards a free kick. Michel Kuipers restarts play with the free kick.

64:30

Hope Akpan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Bodin. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

61:35

Ashley Westwood takes a outswinging corner to the near post, David Artell takes a shot. Save by Michel Kuipers.

57:18

Sergio Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Powell. David Artell takes the indirect free kick.

54:11

Effort on goal by Gary Alexander from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

53:09

Warren Cummings fouled by Ajay Leitch-Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Warren Cummings restarts play with the free kick.

51:39

Shot from just outside the box by Dannie Bulman goes over the crossbar.

50:12

Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood. Adam Dugdale takes a shot. Save made by Michel Kuipers.

49:47

Byron Moore takes a shot. Michel Kuipers makes a save.

46:27

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Westwood, clearance made by Hope Akpan.

46:06

Byron Moore takes a shot. Michel Kuipers makes a save.

45:42

Billy Bodin takes a shot. Save by Michel Kuipers.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Sanchez Watt comes on in place of Scott Davies.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:43

Long range effort from Scott Davies misses to the left of the goal.

43:47

Luke Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dannie Bulman. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Davies.

42:38

Steve Phillips takes the indirect free kick.

42:38 Booking

Booking Booking for Gary Alexander for dissent.

42:10

Foul by Gary Alexander on David Artell, free kick awarded.

40:04

Hope Akpan takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

36:37

Shot from long distance by Nick Powell goes wide of the left-hand upright.

34:37

The ball is swung over by Ashley Westwood, Dannie Bulman manages to make a clearance.

34:29

Ashley Westwood takes a short corner.

34:02

Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line played to the near post, Gary Alexander manages to make a clearance.

33:40

Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Save made by Michel Kuipers.

32:48

Corner taken right-footed by Scott Davies from the left by-line, David Artell makes a clearance.

31:17

Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, clearance by Hope Akpan.

30:21

Dannie Bulman concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Murphy. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

29:00

Assist on the goal came from Ajay Leitch-Smith.

29:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Byron Moore - Crawley 0 - 1 Crewe Byron Moore grabs a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crawley Town 0-1 Crewe.

27:51

Leon Clarke is caught offside. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

24:39

Gary Alexander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Davis. Adam Dugdale restarts play with the free kick.

23:17

Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Torres. Free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.

21:51

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Westwood, Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Save by Michel Kuipers. Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, David Artell has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

21:26

Byron Moore takes a shot. Michel Kuipers makes a save.

20:54

Sergio Torres takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

17:21

Ajay Leitch-Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Dempster. Michel Kuipers takes the free kick.

15:21

Nick Powell fouled by John Dempster, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

13:39

The assistant referee signals for offside against Byron Moore. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.

8:38

Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Blocked by Warren Cummings.

7:40

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Westwood.

6:58

Scott Davies takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

5:05

Josh Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Byron Moore. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

0:42

Corner from the right by-line taken by Scott Davies, Close range header by Leon Clarke misses to the right of the target.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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