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Crawley Town 1-1 Stevenage

Matt Tubbs

Matt Tubbs scored a dramatic late equaliser, after earlier missing a penalty, to earn Crawley a draw and deny Stevenage a third win in a row.

Tubbs collected a pass from Dannie Bulman and beat Stevenage keeper Chris Day in the second minute of injury-time for his sixth goal in five games.

Day had saved Tubbs's spot-kick in the 75th minute after Bira Dembele fouled Jamie Proctor.

Dembele had headed Stevenage into the lead in his third game for the club.

The former France Under-21 international powered the ball home from Jimmy Smith's cross in the 21st minute, just 60 seconds after Reds keeper Paul Jones had superbly denied Francois Zoko.

Tubbs's goal stretched Crawley's unbeaten league run to seven games.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

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John Gregory: Crawley manager after Stevenage draw

"It really didn't feel like it was going to be our night, not too many things went for us and on other nights we have been fortunate things have worked out great for us.

"Our lads kept going, the spirit these boys have got you can never right them off and it was certainly not more than we deserved.

"I've got to rotate the squad to ensure the players are fresh, it's not easy but it's up to me to pick the right team. We've got such a pile of fixtures coming up and I cannot play the best 11 every time, I have to make changes."

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"We took control in the first half. We really got on the front foot and played some intelligent football in the difficult conditions.

"At half-time it looked like there would only be one winner.

"You always knew that a home side that hadn't travelled at the weekend and hadn't travelled tonight would have a burst of energy.

"We looked like a travelled side in the second half. Legs were weary. Lads who hadn't had a lot of football were starting to buckle under the work required.

"We couldn't ease the pressure. In the end you'd have to say they deserved the point and probably could have got more."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 29Connolly
  • 3Sadler
  • 10Drury
  • 4Connolly
  • 5McFadzean
  • 11SimpsonSubstituted forBulmanat 45'minutes
  • 17BoatengSubstituted forProctorat 45'minutes
  • 7Clarke
  • 18Tubbs
  • 21Jones

Substitutes

  • 8Torres
  • 14Proctor
  • 15Bulman
  • 16Kaikai
  • 24Malins
  • 25Maddison
  • 28Dicker

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 4Dembele
  • 24DoughtySubstituted forParrettat 76'minutes
  • 8MousinhoSubstituted forWedgburyat 58'minutes
  • 5AshtonBooked at 55mins
  • 22ObengBooked at 62mins
  • 20Smith
  • 11Akins
  • 9CharlesSubstituted forJonesat 78'minutes
  • 12Zoko
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 6Jones
  • 10Burrow
  • 13Parrett
  • 29Hartley
  • 34Deacon
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
2,936

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Stevenage 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Stevenage 1.

Paul Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Paul Connolly (Crawley Town).

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Stevenage 1. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dannie Bulman.

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

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Paul Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Luke Jones replaces Darius Charles.

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

Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

Foul by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Dean Parrett replaces Michael Doughty because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Penalty saved! Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jon Ashton (Stevenage) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

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

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

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

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

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

Booking

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves32217457203770
2Leyton Orient34217668333570
3Brentford32207554312367
4Preston341713448341464
5Rotherham341711664432162
6Peterborough33164135144752
7Swindon34138135145647
8Walsall331211103833547
9MK Dons34137144846246
10Sheff Utd33128133638-244
11Port Vale33134164452-843
12Bradford33914104541441
13Crawley2991283437-339
14Coventry32139105956338
15Oldham34108163948-938
16Gillingham34115184357-1438
17Carlisle33107163754-1737
18Colchester32812123741-436
19Tranmere3399154057-1736
20Bristol City34714134956-735
21Crewe3498173863-2535
22Shrewsbury33711153143-1232
23Stevenage3395193353-2032
24Notts County3493224261-1930
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