Gary Alexander scored an injury-time equaliser against Preston as Crawley fought back from 2-0 down.

Paul Huntington headed Scott Laird's corner home early on.

Josh Brownhill doubled Preston's lead with a neat finish past Paul Jones before the hosts hit back through Joe Walsh's low strike.

The Red Devils, under manager John Gregory for the first time in the league, levelled when Alexander forced the ball in from Nicky Adams' corner.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"Obviously I made a mistake on how we started off with the shape and the formation. I thought we were capable of playing that way, but it wasn't going to plan.

"We weren't very comfortable on what I was asking them to do, so I decided to change it and obviously 4-4-2 worked for us.

"The players were totally committed in everything they did and it was nice to give the fans something to shout about.

"The pressure we had, I thought we might go on and win it and the players have set the standard and I expect that every week."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 02 Hurst (Drury - 24' )
  • 03 Sadler
  • 12 Walsh
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 04 Connolly
  • 16 Adams
  • 15 Bulman
  • 20 Sinclair (Proctor - 77' )
  • 09 Alexander
  • 07 Clarke

Substitutes

  • 08 Torres
  • 10 Drury
  • 14 Proctor
  • 21 Jones
  • 23 Smith
  • 24 Malins
  • 25 Maddison

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 07 Humphrey Booked (Holmes - 79' )
  • 03 Laird Booked
  • 05 Clarke
  • 04 Huntington
  • 06 Wright
  • 02 Keane
  • 30 Brownhill (Hayhurst - 72' )
  • 10 Beavon (Hume - 72' )
  • 09 Davies
  • 19 Welsh Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 11 Holmes
  • 13 Byrom
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 27 Hume
  • 37 Kilkenny
Ref: Charles Breakspear
Att: 2,407

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

4 4

Corners

6 4

Fouls

6 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 2.

90:00 +3:57 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 2.

90:00 +2:26

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

90:00 +0:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 2. Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Adams following a corner.

90:00 +0:07

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

89:00

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

89:00

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:33

Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

86:51 Booking

Booking Scott Laird (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

86:48

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

86:48

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

86:20

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

86:20

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

84:50

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

82:42

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

81:20 Booking

Booking John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

81:15

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

81:15

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

78:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Lee Holmes replaces Chris Humphrey.

77:48

Attempt missed. Iain Hume (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

76:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Emile Sinclair.

75:31

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Billy Clarke.

74:36

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town).

74:36

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:29

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

72:29

Foul by William Hayhurst (Preston North End).

71:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Iain Hume replaces Stuart Beavon.

71:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. William Hayhurst replaces Josh Brownhill.

71:03

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

71:03

Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:51

Attempt blocked. Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

67:09

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66:40

Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 1, Preston North End 2. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

65:02

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box.

64:18

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

64:18

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

56:22

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

56:22

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

55:24

Attempt saved. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

53:51

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Chris Humphrey.

53:00

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

50:57

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

50:20

Attempt missed. Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

48:18

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, Preston North End 2.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Preston North End 2.

45:00 +0:41

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:10

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Chris Humphrey.

44:08

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

44:08

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

42:46

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

41:30

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

36:11

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

35:43

Hand ball by John Welsh (Preston North End).

34:45

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

34:45

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

34:16

Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high from a direct free kick.

33:26 Booking

Booking Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

33:20

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:20

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

32:25

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

32:25

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

31:37

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

29:12

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

27:44

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

27:44

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

23:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Andy Drury replaces James Hurst.

23:16

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

20:44

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:44

Foul by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

18:52

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

18:52

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

17:56

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

17:46

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

17:29

Attempt saved. Scott Laird (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 0, Preston North End 2. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by John Welsh.

8:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 0, Preston North End 1. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Laird following a corner.

8:11

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

6:17

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

6:17

James Hurst (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:56

Hand ball by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

1:00

Keith Keane (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:58

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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