Mat Sadler's first goal for Crawley helped the Red Devils earn a point at home to Carlisle United.

Jon-Paul McGovern gave the visitors the lead in stunning fashion, with an incredible 40-yard free kick which hit the underside of the bar as it went in.

But Sadler restored parity 11 minutes after the break when he rifled home from the edge of the area.

Jamie Proctor could have won it for the hosts, but headed Nick Adams's cross harmlessly over the bar.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"I thought we were fantastic.

"I think our current form over the last five to six weeks has been the best this season.

"The team were disciplined, determined and organised, it was tough to break us down.

"I've asked the team to go out and do something, and in terms of our performance, the way we are playing, I think is the best ever seen at this stadium."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Sadler
  • 06 Essam
  • 12 Walsh
  • 10 Sparrow
  • 15 Bulman
  • 16 Adams
  • 17 Taylor (O'Brien - 76' )
  • 21 M Jones (Torres - 84' )
  • 14 Proctor

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison
  • 04 Connolly
  • 13 Hunt
  • 08 Torres
  • 19 O'Brien
  • 20 Elford-Alliyu
  • 23 Smith

Carlisle United

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 02 Simek
  • 05 Livesey
  • 22 Mustoe
  • 23 O'Hanlon
  • 04 McGovern
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 16 Potts (Cadamarteri - 65' )
  • 21 Berrett
  • 09 Loy (Symington - 64' )
  • 17 Beck

Substitutes

  • 01 Collin
  • 06 Murphy
  • 15 Edwards
  • 07 Welsh
  • 08 Noble
  • 19 Symington
  • 11 Cadamarteri
Ref: Sutton
Att: 2,654

Match Stats

Shots

24 8

On target

12 4

Corners

6 8

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:42 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:05

Shot from close range by Nicky Adams misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +2:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Sparrow on Jon-Paul McGovern. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

86:18

Matthew Sparrow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Beck. Free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

84:12

Aiden O'Brien is adjudged to have handled the ball. Mark Gillespie takes the indirect free kick.

83:26 Substitution

Substitution Mike Jones leaves the field to be replaced by Sergio Torres.

82:54

Foul by Mark Beck on Dannie Bulman, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Connor Essam.

82:10

Joe Walsh takes a shot. Danny Livesey manages to make a clearance.

81:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon-Paul McGovern on Dannie Bulman. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Mat Sadler from right wing, save made by Mark Gillespie.

77:21

Mat Sadler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Berrett. Mark Gillespie takes the indirect free kick.

76:21

Shot from close range by Aiden O'Brien clears the bar.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution Aiden O'Brien on for Jake Taylor.

75:26

Shot from outside the box by Mike Jones misses to the left of the target.

75:02

Jake Taylor fouled by Jon-Paul McGovern, the ref awards a free kick. Mustapha Dumbuya takes the direct free kick.

74:17

Danny Cadamarteri concedes a free kick for a foul on Dannie Bulman. Dannie Bulman takes the direct free kick.

72:46

Danny Livesey fouled by Jamie Proctor, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

71:11

Effort from outside the penalty area by Jake Taylor goes wide left of the goal.

70:13

Danny Cadamarteri is ruled offside. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

68:48

Corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Matthew Sparrow manages to make a clearance.

68:31

Corner from left by-line taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

68:11

Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

67:05

Nicky Adams concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Simek. David Symington shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Paul Jones.

65:38

Dannie Bulman fouled by Mark Beck, the ref awards a free kick. Connor Essam restarts play with the free kick.

65:10

Headed effort from inside the box by Nicky Adams misses to the right of the target.

64:15 Substitution

Substitution Danny Cadamarteri is brought on as a substitute for Brad Potts.

63:18 Substitution

Substitution David Symington on for Rory Loy.

62:44

Mark Beck challenges Joe Walsh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dannie Bulman restarts play with the free kick.

60:32

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicky Adams.

59:27

Jamie Proctor has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

58:37

Jamie Proctor fouled by Mark Beck, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

57:58

Jon-Paul McGovern takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

56:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon-Paul McGovern on Mustapha Dumbuya. Free kick taken by Mustapha Dumbuya.

55:13

Assist on the goal came from Mike Jones.

55:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Mat Sadler - Crawley 1 - 1 Carlisle Mat Sadler gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Crawley Town 1-1 Carlisle.

54:29

Jake Taylor takes a shot. Save by Mark Gillespie.

53:24

Mark Beck gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mat Sadler. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Jones.

52:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Connor Essam by Mark Beck. Dannie Bulman takes the direct free kick.

50:16

Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams, Close range header by Joe Walsh goes over the crossbar.

48:44

Header from deep inside the area by Jamie Proctor goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

48:05

Mark Beck is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dannie Bulman takes the indirect free kick.

46:36

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mat Sadler from the right by-line.

46:07

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Mustoe.

45:25

Mike Jones takes a shot. Save made by Mark Gillespie.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:25 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:29

Matthew Sparrow takes a shot. Danny Livesey gets a block in.

44:56

Corner from left by-line taken by Nicky Adams.

44:37

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Mark Gillespie makes a save.

43:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Beck on Joe Walsh. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Jones.

42:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Sparrow on Paul Thirlwell. Jordan Mustoe takes the direct free kick.

41:41

Joe Walsh concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Beck. Free kick taken by Frank Simek.

38:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Proctor on Paul Thirlwell. Free kick taken by Jordan Mustoe.

34:10

Corner taken by Nicky Adams, Connor Essam takes a shot. Frank Simek gets a block in.

33:14

Sean O'Hanlon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor. Strike comes in from Nicky Adams from the free kick, save made by Mark Gillespie.

32:07

Corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Effort from inside the area by James Berrett misses to the right of the target.

31:38

Rory Loy takes a shot. Connor Essam gets a block in.

30:41

The referee blows for offside. Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

29:10

Connor Essam concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory Loy. Shot on goal comes in from Jon-Paul McGovern from the free kick.

28:37

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jamie Proctor goes wide right of the goal.

28:19

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Berrett. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

26:18

Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Livesey.

22:37

Mark Beck provided the assist for the goal.

22:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon-Paul McGovern - Crawley 0 - 1 Carlisle Jon-Paul McGovern finds the back of the net with a goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Crawley Town 0-1 Carlisle.

22:16

Joe Walsh challenges Mark Beck unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

21:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dannie Bulman by Mark Beck. Dannie Bulman takes the free kick.

20:30

Jon-Paul McGovern takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from inside the area by Sean O'Hanlon misses to the left of the target.

19:11

Jon-Paul McGovern takes the inswinging corner, save by Paul Jones.

17:53

Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern, Sean O'Hanlon produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

16:29

Shot from deep inside the area by Nicky Adams goes over the bar.

15:22

Effort from long distance by Matthew Sparrow goes wide right of the goal.

12:17

Mike Jones produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

10:39

Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Save made by Mark Gillespie.

7:47

Nicky Adams decides to take a short corner.

7:32

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Mustoe.

7:07

Rory Loy takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

6:03

Jake Taylor challenges Paul Thirlwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Thirlwell takes the free kick.

4:37

Nicky Adams fouled by Sean O'Hanlon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

0:00

The match begins.

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