Gary Alexander scored twice for Crawley to inflict a first defeat of the season on Peterborough United.

Billy Clarke forced a save from Posh keeper Bobby Olejnik before Alexander volleyed in for the visitors.

Posh came close with two Mark Little efforts but were sloppy in possession and saw Alexander beat the offside trap to double Crawley's lead.

Crawley had Michael Jones sent off late on for a second booking but were rarely troubled by Peterborough.

Their second win of the campaign puts them up to 10th, while the hosts, who had scored 23 times in their six previous games, drop to third.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson spoke to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"We didn't play with the energy and tempo that I wanted to. They scored, it was poor defending from us, but it was a good finish which gives them something to hang onto and changes the course of the game and like I said, we weren't up to our standards.

"I was disappointed with the two goals we lost, it was poor marking and poor defending. Slightly disappointing that at 1-0 we didn't have enough about us to change the course of the game.

"I can confirm that Celtic have made a bid on the day of a game, three times. In fact they made one bid during the game. It completely unsettled my player, but if that's how they do their business then so be it.

"As I said, it completely unsettled my player, clearly from his performance, but he isn't for sale so they can bid as much as they want, he isn't going."

Crawley boss Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"I thought my players were fantastic today. I said to them before they're an extremely talented bunch of players and they took it on board.

"I think we by far had the most shots, probably we could have had more. It certainly wasn't smash and grab but we certainly did deserve the game.

"I've reiterated right from the start that nobody is beyond being dropped and anybody who does well in the team will keep their place in the team."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 02 Alcock
  • 03 Ntlhe (Little - 46' )
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 10 Tomlin (Swanson - 46' )
  • 11 McCann Booked
  • 14 Rowe
  • 16 Kearns (Mendez-Laing - 66' )
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 23 Barnett

Substitutes

  • 13 Day
  • 08 Payne
  • 31 Little
  • 07 Swanson
  • 19 Mendez-Laing
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 28 Gordon-Hutton

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 05 McFadzean Booked
  • 11 Simpson
  • 12 Walsh Booked
  • 10 Drury
  • 15 Bulman Booked
  • 16 Adams (Hurst - 85' )
  • 21 M Jones Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 07 Clarke (Connolly - 90' )
  • 09 Alexander (Proctor - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison
  • 02 Hurst
  • 04 Connolly
  • 08 Torres
  • 18 Rooney
  • 20 Sinclair
  • 14 Proctor
Ref: Bond
Att: 6,761

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

4 9

Corners

8 5

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:28 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +6:20

James Hurst takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

90:00 +6:05

Free kick taken by Grant McCann.

90:00 +5:49

Joe Walsh goes into the referee's book for time wasting.

90:00 +5:49 Booking

Booking

90:00 +5:40

Kyle McFadzean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tyrone Barnett.

90:00 +4:57

Tyrone Barnett takes a shot and goes over the bar.

90:00 +0:19 Substitution

Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with Mark Connolly coming on for Billy Clarke.

87:55

Free kick crossed by Grant McCann.

87:25

The referee shows Michael Jones a red card for second bookable offence.

87:25 Dismissal

Dismissal

87:03

Andy Drury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tyrone Barnett.

86:28

Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

86:24

Tyrone Barnett fouled by Billy Clarke, the ref awards a free kick.

84:43

Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

84:14 Substitution

Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with James Hurst coming on for Nicky Adams.

84:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Swanson.

83:21

Michael Bostwick takes the free kick.

83:15

Dannie Bulman challenges Mark Little unfairly and gives away a free kick.

82:37

Header by Gabriel Zakuani misses to the right of the target.

82:25

Corner taken by Danny Swanson from the left by-line.

80:23

Clearance made by Andy Drury.

80:20

Danny Swanson delivers the ball.

80:06

Corner taken by Grant McCann.

79:48

The ball is sent over by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

77:47

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

77:04 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Proctor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Alexander.

76:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mat Sadler by Danny Swanson.

75:27

Header at goal by Tyrone Barnett goes over the bar.

75:15

The ball is swung over by Craig Alcock.

72:06

Shot by Billy Clarke missed to the right of the target.

71:11

Joe Walsh has a headed effort at goal. Robert Olejnik safely holds on.

70:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Drury.

69:31

Clearance by Gary Alexander.

69:28

Grant McCann crosses the ball.

69:15

Gary Alexander makes a clearance.

69:11

Corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line.

67:28

Shot by Tommy Rowe went over.

65:03 Substitution

Substitution (Peterborough) makes a substitution, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing coming on for Daniel Kearns.

64:22

Assist by Nicky Adams.

64:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Alexander - Peterboro 0 - 2 Crawley Gary Alexander scores with their left foot. Peterborough 0-2 Crawley Town.

61:37

Clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

61:33

Centre by Andy Drury.

58:58

Kyle McFadzean takes a shot. Robert Olejnik parries the ball away.

58:43

Andy Drury takes the free kick.

58:16

Foul by Danny Swanson on Josh Simpson, free kick awarded.

58:01

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

57:39

The assistant referee signals for offside against Britt Assombalonga.

56:27

Joe Walsh restarts play with the free kick.

56:08

Josh Simpson fouled by Tommy Rowe, the ref awards a free kick.

54:02

Strike comes in from Andy Drury from the free kick and misses left of the target.

53:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Zakuani on Gary Alexander.

52:17

Mark Little takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Paul Jones safely holds on.

51:50

Free kick taken by Michael Bostwick.

51:46 Booking

Booking

51:46

Booking for Kyle McFadzean for unsporting behaviour.

51:35

Unfair challenge on Tyrone Barnett by Kyle McFadzean results in a free kick.

51:05

Corner taken by Andy Drury.

50:49

Gary Alexander takes a shot.

49:55

Clearance by Gary Alexander.

49:47

Corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line.

49:19

Mark Little has an effort at goal. Paul Jones parries the ball away.

48:13

Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

48:08

Britt Assombalonga is ruled offside.

47:37

Corner taken by Grant McCann.

47:15

Danny Swanson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:55

Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

45:53

The offside flag is raised against Billy Clarke.

45:36

Andy Drury takes the free kick.

45:20

Mark Little concedes a free kick for a foul on Mat Sadler.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Mark Little replaces Kgosi Ntlhe.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Lee Tomlin leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Swanson.

45:00 +2:45 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:57

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:36

Lee Tomlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Jones.

39:04

The ball is sent over by Andy Drury.

38:43

Paul Jones takes the free kick.

38:39

Dannie Bulman fouled by Grant McCann, the ref awards a free kick.

38:15

Nicky Adams manages to make a clearance.

37:53

Corner taken by Lee Tomlin from the left by-line.

35:56

Grant McCann takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Paul Jones catches the ball.

35:46

Clearance made by Kyle McFadzean.

35:43

Craig Alcock crosses the ball.

33:03

Free kick taken by Michael Bostwick.

32:48

Dannie Bulman receives a yellow card.

32:48 Booking

Booking

32:39

Dannie Bulman challenges Grant McCann unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:20

Grant McCann makes a clearance.

32:16

The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams.

31:50

Kyle McFadzean restarts play with the free kick.

31:40

The referee blows for offside.

31:26

Andy Drury takes a shot. Robert Olejnik catches the ball.

31:13

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

30:49

Britt Assombalonga is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

30:44

Free kick taken by Lee Tomlin.

30:30

Michael Jones goes into the book.

30:30 Booking

Booking

30:22

Lee Tomlin fouled by Michael Jones, the ref awards a free kick.

29:16

Header at goal by Tommy Rowe goes over the bar.

29:04

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Tomlin.

27:44

Headed chance falls to Britt Assombalonga. Paul Jones safely holds on.

27:34

Free kick taken by Daniel Kearns.

26:44

Josh Simpson challenges Tyrone Barnett unfairly and gives away a free kick.

26:05

Billy Clarke takes a shot.

24:21

Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.

24:06

Unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Lee Tomlin results in a free kick.

23:40

Lee Tomlin takes the free kick.

23:25

Nicky Adams challenges Kgosi Ntlhe unfairly and gives away a free kick.

23:14

Free kick taken by Daniel Kearns.

23:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Adams on Tommy Rowe.

21:41

Billy Clarke provided the assist for the goal.

21:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Alexander - Peterboro 0 - 1 Crawley Gary Alexander grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Peterborough 0-1 Crawley Town.

20:29

Corner from the left by-line taken by Grant McCann.

19:46

Free kick taken by Andy Drury.

19:34

Britt Assombalonga challenges Michael Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick.

19:18

Corner taken by Andy Drury.

18:45

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Robert Olejnik parries the ball away.

18:15

Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

17:57

Gary Alexander is caught offside.

16:18

Free kick crossed by Lee Tomlin.

15:56

Kgosi Ntlhe fouled by Billy Clarke, the ref awards a free kick.

11:24

The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams.

11:05

Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Drury.

7:20

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Robert Olejnik catches the ball.

4:49

Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.

4:31 Booking

Booking

4:31

The referee shows Grant McCann a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

4:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Simpson by Grant McCann.

3:44

Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

3:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Clarke on Grant McCann.

3:19

Corner taken by Andy Drury.

2:53

Shot by Nicky Adams. Robert Olejnik parries the ball away.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers