Crawley came from behind to condemn Portsmouth to a 10th match without a victory in League One.

Portsmouth took an early lead when Paul Benson converted Scott Allan's cross.

But, moments after Hope Apkan failed to beat Pompey goalkeeper Simon Eastwood when well placed, Mat Sadler's free-kick from wide evaded everyone to find the far corner and draw Crawley level.

Billy Clarke completed the turnaround when he tapped home Nicky Adams' accurate cross.

Pompey came close to equalising in stoppage time, but Paul Jones produced a smart stop to keep out Darel Russell's header.

Portsmouth, who left out 11-goal top scorer Izale McLeod, remain in the League One relegation zone, while Crawley move up to eighth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth caretaker manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

"We didn't get a point, but we had enough pressure in the second half without creating that killer ball that could get somebody on the end of things.

"I thought Paul Benson did very well, against two centre halves when you're working there as a lone striker, I know I've done it myself, it's not easy. It's a thankless job and he did well for us.

"It's your top goalscorer, but today we felt the way to go was to have those two wide men with Paul Benson up top for what he can do bringing players into the game."

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"This result was deserved. Portsmouth have a lot of good players despite all their problems.

"I thought our football in difficult conditions was excellent. Our midfielders ran the game.

"Their goal came in one of our best passages of play. We were a victim of our own success."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Portsmouth

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Harley Booked
  • 16 Gyepes (Michalik - 64' )
  • 18 Ertl (McLeod - 74' )
  • 33 Rocha
  • 08 Howard
  • 19 Russell
  • 23 Allan
  • 26 Mendez-Laing (Williamson - 80' )
  • 14 Benson

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 20 Michalik
  • 22 Webster
  • 06 Walker
  • 07 Williamson
  • 09 McLeod
  • 21 Harris

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Connolly
  • 13 Hunt
  • 28 Davis
  • 06 Akpan Booked
  • 07 Clarke (Bulman - 83' )
  • 11 Simpson
  • 16 Adams (Cooper - 86' )
  • 21 Jones
  • 09 Alexander Booked (Akinde - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kuipers
  • 12 Walsh
  • 08 Torres
  • 15 Bulman
  • 18 Cooper
  • 14 Ajose
  • 17 Akinde
Ref: East
Att: 13,169

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

6 6

Corners

11 10

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:15 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +5:55

Mark Connolly concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Williamson. Free kick taken by Lee Williamson.

90:00 +5:14

Unfair challenge on Mark Connolly by Jon Harley results in a free kick. Mike Jones takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:51

Corner taken right-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line to the near post, Claude Davis manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:10

The ball is sent over by Mustapha Dumbuya, Lee Williamson takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

90:00 +2:46

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line, save by Paul Jones.

90:00 +2:32

Scott Allan crosses the ball, clearance made by Claude Davis.

89:59 +1:18

Corner taken right-footed by Mike Jones from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Hope Akpan misses to the right of the goal.

89:59 +1:18 Substitution

Substitution John Akinde on for Gary Alexander.

89:59 +1:18 Booking

Booking Gary Alexander receives a caution.

89:37

Brian Howard challenges Josh Simpson unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Hunt restarts play with the free kick.

88:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mustapha Dumbuya on Mat Sadler. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

85:47 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Cooper is brought on as a substitute for Nicky Adams.

85:00

The official flags Jon Harley offside. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

84:30

A cross is delivered by Mustapha Dumbuya, Mat Sadler makes a clearance.

81:41

Brian Howard crosses the ball in from the free kick, Claude Davis manages to make a clearance. Effort from deep inside the area by Lee Williamson clears the bar.

81:41 Substitution

Substitution Dannie Bulman replaces Billy Clarke.

81:41

David Hunt challenges Izale McLeod unfairly and gives away a free kick.

80:38

Corner taken by Brian Howard, clearance made by Claude Davis. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard, Hope Akpan makes a clearance.

79:39 Substitution

Substitution Lee Williamson on for Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

78:57

Mike Jones delivers the ball, Jon Harley makes a clearance.

78:13

The ball is swung over by Mike Jones.

77:19

Claude Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Rocha. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Rocha.

75:56

Josh Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Howard. Free kick crossed right-footed by Scott Allan.

75:30

The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams, save by Simon Eastwood.

73:14

Mike Jones takes a shot. Simon Eastwood gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams, Jon Harley manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Adams, Simon Eastwood fouled by Claude Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Eastwood takes the direct free kick.

73:14 Substitution

Substitution Izale McLeod replaces Johnny Ertl.

72:08

The assist for the goal came from Mike Jones.

72:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Clarke - Portsmouth 1 - 2 Crawley Billy Clarke finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 1-2 Crawley Town.

71:31

The ball is crossed by Mike Jones, Mustapha Dumbuya makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Hunt, save by Simon Eastwood.

69:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Benson on Mat Sadler. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

67:23

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing sends in a cross. Corner taken right-footed by Scott Allan, David Hunt manages to make a clearance.

66:12

Jon Harley concedes a free kick for a foul on Mike Jones. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Adams.

64:55

Lubomir Michalik gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mat Sadler. David Hunt restarts play with the free kick.

64:00 Substitution

Substitution Lubomir Michalik replaces Gabor Gyepes.

61:57

Inswinging corner taken by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing from the right by-line, Claude Davis manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing from the right by-line, Mat Sadler makes a clearance. Corner from left by-line taken by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

60:34

Corner from the left by-line taken by Scott Allan, clearance by Claude Davis.

58:37

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Gabor Gyepes.

57:55

A cross is delivered by David Hunt. David Hunt is caught offside. Simon Eastwood takes the indirect free kick.

57:07

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Josh Simpson goes wide of the left-hand post. Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams from the right by-line, Darel Russell makes a clearance.

55:50

Unfair challenge on Jon Harley by Mike Jones results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Scott Allan from right channel, clearance by Hope Akpan.

53:57

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Jon Harley gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Nicky Adams, clearance made by Gabor Gyepes.

53:13

Foul by Brian Howard on Mat Sadler, free kick awarded. Mat Sadler restarts play with the free kick.

51:54

Brian Howard challenges Mark Connolly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

51:39

Foul by Hope Akpan on Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, free kick awarded. Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.

51:03

Foul by Hope Akpan on Jon Harley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jon Harley.

50:36

Centre by Johnny Ertl, save by Paul Jones.

50:03

Mustapha Dumbuya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Clarke. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

49:04

Corner from the right by-line taken by Brian Howard, Claude Davis manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Brian Howard, clearance by Claude Davis.

48:40

Paul Benson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Jones.

45:19

Unfair challenge on Darel Russell by Hope Akpan results in a free kick. Johnny Ertl takes the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

44:45

Free kick crossed by Scott Allan.

44:45 Booking

Booking Hope Akpan shown a yellow card.

44:28

Hope Akpan challenges Jon Harley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:49

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

42:39

Shot on goal by Mustapha Dumbuya from just inside the area goes over the target.

41:53

David Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley. Simon Eastwood restarts play with the free kick.

37:38

Nicky Adams crosses the ball, Gary Alexander has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

35:27

Nicky Adams delivers the ball, Jon Harley manages to make a clearance.

34:37

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing challenges Gary Alexander unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mat Sadler from right channel, Simon Eastwood makes a clearance.

32:38

Nicky Adams takes the inswinging corner, Shot from inside the area by Hope Akpan clears the bar.

31:31

The assistant referee flags for offside against Brian Howard. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

27:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Adams - Portsmouth 1 - 1 Crawley Nicky Adams gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-1 Crawley Town.

26:15

Mat Sadler restarts play with the free kick,

26:15 Booking

Booking Jon Harley receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

25:55

Foul by Jon Harley on Mike Jones, free kick awarded.

25:11

Nicky Adams produces a cross, Hope Akpan takes a shot. Save made by Simon Eastwood.

24:47

Corner taken by Nicky Adams from the right by-line, Mustapha Dumbuya makes a clearance.

23:25

Unfair challenge on Ricardo Rocha by Gary Alexander results in a free kick. Simon Eastwood restarts play with the free kick.

19:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hope Akpan on Brian Howard. Free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

17:35

Nicky Adams takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

15:46

Foul by Jon Harley on David Hunt, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Hunt.

14:31

Paul Benson takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

10:26

The assist for the goal came from Scott Allan.

10:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Benson - Portsmouth 1 - 0 Crawley Paul Benson finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Portsmouth 1-0 Crawley Town.

10:19

Centre by Scott Allan,

8:46

Gabor Gyepes takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

6:05

Scott Allan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hunt. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

5:15

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Save by Simon Eastwood.

4:53

Johnny Ertl takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

4:25

Gary Alexander is ruled offside. Ricardo Rocha takes the indirect free kick.

0:13

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Alexander, clearance made by Jon Harley. Corner from right by-line taken by Gary Alexander.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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