FA Cup - Second Round - Replay
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Crawley Town 1-2 Bristol Rovers

Mark McChrystal and Jamie Proctor challenge for the ball

Two late goals saw Bristol Rovers come from behind to beat Crawley 2-1 in their FA Cup second-round replay.

An Elliot Richards volley with seven minutes remaining cancelled out Jamie Proctor's first-half header and looked to be sending the game into extra time.

But John-Joe O'Toole proved the match-winner in stoppage time as he finished from close range after Richards' initial effort was saved by Paul Jones.

Rovers will play Birmingham City away in the third round next Wednesday.

The two sides, who drew 0-0 in the initial tie on 7 December, finally settled their second round replay at the third attempt.

On 18 December, the match was abandoned midway through the second half because of a waterlogged pitch, and the fixture was re-arranged for Saturday, 4 January.

However, the match was postponed when the pitch at the Checkatrade.com Stadium failed an inspection.

The eventual winners of the third-round tie between Birmingham and Bristol Rovers will welcome Premier League side Swansea City, who knocked out Manchester United last weekend, on the weekend of 25-26 January,

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Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

John Gregory

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Gregory on Bristol Rovers loss

"In the second half, we didn't play as well as the first half. One-nil up at half-time, it doesn't happen very often that it ends up in a defeat. We just had to keep a clean sheet in the second half and we didn't.

"Credit to Bristol. They put four on up front and just stuck the ball in our half of the pitch as often as they could. They had the wind behind them as well. They deserved to win it - we didn't.

"You don't get too carried away when things are going well, you just keep everyone's feet on the floor, and likewise after a poor result, you have to stay calm with everything.

"It's not time for ranting and raving. It's time for a composed head and hopefully 11 composed heads when we get on the field against Coventry at the weekend."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 4Connolly
  • 5McFadzean
  • 12Walsh
  • 3Sadler
  • 16Adams
  • 10Drury
  • 8Torres
  • 21Jones
  • 14Proctor
  • 20SinclairSubstituted forAlexanderat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hurst
  • 9Alexander
  • 11Simpson
  • 23Smith
  • 25Maddison

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 29McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 14Brown
  • 30LockyerSubstituted forBeardsleyat 63'minutes
  • 24O Clarke
  • 32O'TooleBooked at 90mins
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forHarrisonat 72'minutes
  • 10Richards
  • 9Harrold

Substitutes

  • 4Woodards
  • 15Norburn
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 34Keary
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
2,435

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Bristol Rovers 2. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Emile Sinclair.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces David Clarkson.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

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

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Tom Lockyer.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Lee Brown.

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

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Hand ball by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Paul Jones.

Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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