Brad Inman's late goal earned Crewe a vital win at Crawley to aid their fight to beat the drop from League One.

Uche Ikpeazu finished from close range for Crewe, after Paul Jones parried Mathias Pogba's shot into his path.

Crawley then levelled on 69 minutes when Jamie Proctor found the top corner with an angled, long-range drive.

Substitute Inman won it 10 minutes from time, steering in Byron Moore's pass, keeping 21st-placed Crewe in the bottom four now only on goal difference.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

"When we got back to 1-1 there was only going to one winner and would have actually settled for a point at that stage.

"It's game after game for us and we've tried to mix it up. I thought Gary Dicker and Sergio Torres were probably our two best players because they came in very fresh.

"It's probably the amount of games which has started to tell on one or two. They're not quite as fresh as they have been, like when we played Wolves, which is barely three weeks ago. And we've not won since then.

"It doesn't disguise the fact that we haven't scored enough and have found ourselves defeated in the last five games, which is a huge shock to me."

Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I was delighted for Brad that he has come on and got his goal. He was left out simply because I didn't think he has done enough in the past few games. I chose to leave him out and got the reaction I wanted.

"I knew not playing would hurt him. We thought that, with his pace, he could get in behind. It was a great pass and he did exactly what we wanted him to do.

"We dug in when we needed to and it is a great three points. We will keep fighting and just look after ourselves.

"f we can get our results then the rest will look after itself. We know what we have to do and not worry too much about the others."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Connolly
  • 03 Sadler
  • 11 Simpson
  • 05 McFadzean Booked
  • 12 Walsh
  • 21 Jones (Monakana - 58' )
  • 08 Torres
  • 07 Clarke (Proctor - 58' )
  • 09 Fallon Booked (Kaikai - 87' )
  • 28 Dicker Booked

Substitutes

  • 14 Proctor
  • 16 Boateng
  • 17 Kaikai
  • 19 Monakana
  • 25 Maddison
  • 26 Edwards
  • 29 Connolly

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 02 Tootle Booked
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 42 Grant Booked
  • 05 Ellis
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 30 Ikpeazu Booked (Oliver - 66' )
  • 18 Nolan
  • 09 Pogba (Inman - 73' )
  • 26 Aneke (Ray - 87' )
  • 11 Moore

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 08 Osman
  • 12 Ray
  • 14 Inman
  • 19 Oliver
  • 29 Waters
Ref: Trevor Kettle
Att: 3,024

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

4 5

Corners

7 1

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

90:00 +1:37

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

90:00 +1:09

Attempt blocked. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

87:19

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

86:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Sullay Kaikai replaces Rory Fallon.

86:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Ray replaces Chukwuemeka Aneke.

85:23

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:23

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

85:00

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Adam Dugdale.

84:28

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

81:47 Booking

Booking Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

81:41

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

81:41

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

79:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 1, Crewe Alexandra 2. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Byron Moore.

78:07

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

78:07

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:40

Attempt missed. Liam Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

74:19

Attempt blocked. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Bradden Inman replaces Mathias Pogba.

71:59

Attempt saved. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:28

Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:28

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

69:38

Foul by Gary Dicker (Crawley Town).

69:38

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 1, Crewe Alexandra 1. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

66:04

Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:04

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

65:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Uche Ikpeazu.

60:44

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

60:25

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

60:02

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

59:29

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

57:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Michael Jones.

57:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Billy Clarke.

56:44

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

56:00 Booking

Booking Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

53:22

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

52:54

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

51:28

Attempt blocked. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:11

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

49:11

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

48:57

Attempt saved. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

47:51

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

46:20

Attempt saved. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

45:00 +2:33 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

45:00 +1:46

Hand ball by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

45:00 +0:28

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:28

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

45:00

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

44:56

Dangerous play by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

44:27

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:27

Foul by Rory Fallon (Crawley Town).

42:44

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

42:44

Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:14 Booking

Booking Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

41:02

Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:02

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

38:53

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

38:53

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

38:30 Booking

Booking Gary Dicker (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

35:52

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:52

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

35:06

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

25:42 Booking

Booking Rory Fallon (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

25:33

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:33

Foul by Rory Fallon (Crawley Town).

22:24

Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:24

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

21:21

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:21

Foul by Gary Dicker (Crawley Town).

18:45

Attempt blocked. Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:26

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

18:02

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

17:50

Attempt blocked. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 0, Crewe Alexandra 1. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

16:50

Attempt saved. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

14:02

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

14:02

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

6:20

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:20

Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

1:28

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:28

Foul by Rory Fallon (Crawley Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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