Matt Tubbs hit his fifth goal in five games to give Crawley a 1-0 win over Peterborough.

Crawley started well in a game in which both sides had chances, with Posh's Ben Nugent having a header saved before Tubbs' effort was blocked.

The deadlock was finally broken after Jack Baldwin handled in the box, and Tubbs kept his nerve to calmly slot past Bobby Olejnik from the spot.

Crawley climb to 13th, and have up to six games in hand on their rivals.

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson spoke to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"I thought we were going to win it. I thought first 15 minutes they started really well so I changed the formation. After that I thought we got general control of the game.

"Second half the final thing that let us down was composure. It looked like it was going to be 0-0 but unfortunately the referee has given the penalty.

"It was a hand ball but he [Jack Baldwin] handled it because the striker has pushed him onto it. The referee has to see it, he hasn't, he's given a penalty and we've lost the game.

"If a game of football was to sum up the season I think today would be it because we've lost another game to a team in the bottom 10. It's just been too inconsistent."

Crawley head coach Guy Whittingham told BBC Sussex:

"I thought we started the game really well and we had three chances in the first half and then we let them back into the game.

"Peterborough are always going to cause you problems.

"We maybe got that luck at the end when the ball was put into the box and it was a penalty. Matt Tubbs has been practising his penalties but not those ones."

"the pressure was on him from last week when you scored one and we felt he was going to bury it into the corner but he calmly chipped it over the keeper."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Connolly
  • 03 Sadler Booked
  • 28 Dicker (Drury - 56' )
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 12 Walsh
  • 21 Jones
  • 15 Bulman
  • 16 Kaikai (Proctor - 45' )
  • 18 Tubbs Booked (Connolly - 92' )
  • 11 Simpson

Substitutes

  • 08 Torres
  • 09 Fallon
  • 10 Drury
  • 14 Proctor
  • 17 Boateng
  • 25 Maddison
  • 29 Connolly

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little
  • 20 Knight-Percival (McQuoid - 88' )
  • 11 McCann
  • 04 Brisley
  • 22 Nugent (Baldwin - 81' Booked )
  • 07 Swanson (Washington - 58' )
  • 06 Bostwick Booked
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 21 Ajose
  • 14 Rowe

Substitutes

  • 02 Alcock
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 08 Payne
  • 13 Day
  • 17 Newell
  • 24 Washington
  • 36 McQuoid
Ref: Lee Collins
Att: 3,663

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

5 2

Corners

6 5

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Peterborough United 0.

90:00 +4:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Peterborough United 0.

90:00 +3:21

Conor Washington (Peterborough United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

90:00 +2:36

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

90:00 +1:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Paul Connolly replaces Matt Tubbs.

87:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Josh McQuoid replaces Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

86:48 Booking

Booking Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

85:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 1, Peterborough United 0. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

84:55 Booking

Booking Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

84:37

Penalty conceded by Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

83:44

Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:44

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United).

83:04

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

83:04

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:10

Attempt missed. Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

81:25

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

81:25

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

80:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Jack Baldwin replaces Ben Nugent.

79:56

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

79:56

Grant McCann (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:55

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:55

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United).

77:11

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

76:29

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

76:06

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

67:36

Attempt missed. Grant McCann (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

66:40

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

66:40

Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:00

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

61:20

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

60:23

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

58:08

Delay in match (Peterborough United).

57:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Conor Washington replaces Danny Swanson.

56:33

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

56:33

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Andy Drury replaces Gary Dicker.

49:34

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

48:00

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:58

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

45:35

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Grant McCann.

45:00

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, Peterborough United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Sullay Kaikai.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Peterborough United 0.

44:15

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark Little.

42:54 Booking

Booking Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

42:48

Foul by Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town).

42:48

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:30

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

41:17

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

38:30

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

38:30

Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:22

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

36:50

Attempt saved. Ben Nugent (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

36:15

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

35:31

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

27:55

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

24:48

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

22:29

Attempt blocked. Grant McCann (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:32

Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

21:32

Grant McCann (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:52

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

20:52

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:41

Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

16:58

Attempt saved. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:16

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

16:16

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15:17

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:51

Sullay Kaikai (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:51

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

11:06 Booking

Booking Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

11:00

Gary Dicker (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:57

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

10:23

Foul by Ben Nugent (Peterborough United).

10:23

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:04

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

7:59

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

7:44

Attempt saved. Sullay Kaikai (Crawley Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

7:00

Sullay Kaikai (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:59

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

5:28

Foul by Sean Brisley (Peterborough United).

5:28

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

4:39

Attempt missed. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

3:28

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

3:28

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

2:06

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

1:53

Attempt saved. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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