Emile Sinclair scored the only goal as Crawley extended their unbeaten league run to seven games by beating Bradford.

Bantams midfielder Mark Thompson should have put the visitors ahead in the first half, but wastefully shot over.

And Sinclair put Crawley into the lead after the break when he raced on to Andy Drury's pass and slid a neat finish under keeper Jon McLaughlin.

Drury then struck the top of the bar with a cross before Paul Jones saved brilliantly from Bradford's Kyel Reid.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"As an all-round performance, that was one of our best this season. [Goalkeeper] Paul Jones didn't have a lot to do, but what he did do was excellent.

"To be fair to Bradford, they probably caught us a bit cold. It was a surprise considering we knew what was coming at us, but for some reason we didn't look quite at it.

"We rode the storm a bit and I have to say our defending in the last 15 minutes was absolutely fantastic. It's a fantastic win and I can't speak highly enough of the players."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 11 Simpson
  • 03 Sadler
  • 21 Jones
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 12 Walsh
  • 10 Drury
  • 15 Bulman Booked
  • 20 Sinclair (Alexander - 79' )
  • 14 Proctor (Connolly - 88' )
  • 16 Adams (Essam - 93' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Connolly
  • 06 Essam
  • 08 Torres
  • 09 Alexander
  • 18 Rooney
  • 25 Maddison

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlan
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Meredith
  • 24 Doyle
  • 23 McArdle
  • 22 Bates (Connell - 76' )
  • 11 Thompson (De Vita - 72' )
  • 18 Jones
  • 09 Hanson
  • 14 Yeates (Folan - 64' )
  • 07 Reid

Substitutes

  • 06 Oliver
  • 08 Kennedy
  • 12 Ripley
  • 16 McHugh
  • 17 Connell
  • 19 Folan
  • 20 De Vita
Ref: Dean Whitestone
Att: 3,836

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

10 2

Corners

5 8

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Bradford City 0.

90:00 +3:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Bradford City 0.

90:00 +2:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Connor Essam replaces Nicky Adams.

90:00 +2:00

Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:58

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

90:00 +1:17

Foul by Caleb Folan (Bradford City).

90:00 +1:17

Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:00

Attempt saved. Rory McArdle (Bradford City) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:34

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

88:19

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

87:57

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Josh Simpson.

87:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Mark Connolly replaces Jamie Proctor.

86:01

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

83:49

Attempt missed. Alan Connell (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

83:31

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

83:31

Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:21

Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:21

Foul by Caleb Folan (Bradford City).

81:49

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Bradford City).

81:49

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:49

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:49

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Bradford City).

79:20

Foul by James Meredith (Bradford City).

79:20

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Emile Sinclair.

77:40

Attempt saved. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

75:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Alan Connell replaces Matthew Bates.

72:26

Attempt saved. Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

71:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Raffaele De Vita replaces Garry Thompson.

70:10

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

66:30

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

66:30

(Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:39

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Paul Jones.

65:24

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Paul Jones.

65:12

Attempt saved. Kyel Reid (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

64:51

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

64:51

Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:28

Attempt saved. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

63:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Caleb Folan replaces Mark Yeates.

62:51 Booking

Booking Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

62:39

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

62:39

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:24

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jon McLaughlan.

61:15

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

59:05

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town).

59:05

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:32

Attempt saved. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 1, Bradford City 0. Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Drury.

49:50

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:50

Foul by Kyel Reid (Bradford City).

46:57

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

46:22

Foul by Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town).

46:22

Kyel Reid (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:21

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:21

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

45:00

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, Bradford City 0.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Bradford City 0.

41:48

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

40:33

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:22

Foul by Gary Jones (Bradford City).

37:08

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

37:08

Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:48

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

34:15

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

33:18

Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:18

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

31:32

Mark Yeates (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:32

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

31:14

Attempt missed. Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

28:41

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

27:49

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

27:49

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:13

Attempt missed. Garry Thompson (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

23:27

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

19:01

Foul by Kyel Reid (Bradford City).

19:01

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:49

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jon McLaughlan.

17:36

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

14:29

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:23

Attempt missed. Garry Thompson (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

9:45

Attempt missed. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

6:32

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:32

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town).

5:43

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

3:46

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

3:27

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jon McLaughlan.

3:12

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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