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Walsall 1-2 Crawley Town

Matt Tubbs scored twice as Crawley beat Walsall in their first game in a month.

Tubbs opened the scoring from the spot after home captain Andy Butler accidentally handled in the box.

The striker doubled his tally after the break when he headed in Billy Clarke's fine far-post cross from six yards.

Sam Mantom pulled one back for the Saddlers as he met Craig Westcarr's corner before Clarke was sent off when he received a second yellow card for time-wasting, but Crawley held on.

Crawley, who had not played since their 2-2 draw with Rotherham on 25 January, remain just two points clear of the relegation zone.

However the Sussex side have up to seven games in hand on some of the clubs at the bottom of the League One table.

Walsall, who are now without a victory in five games, sit five points off a play-off spot in seventh place.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

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Post-match: Crawley boss Gregory

"We knew today was going to be a very tough game but I felt we got a good start which helped when we got the penalty.

"Walsall got back into the game and we had to hang on at the end but we showed an enormous amount of resilience to withstand the pressure in the last 20 minutes.

"You can always tell how much you are under pressure by what your goalkeeper has done and Paul Jones didn't much to do today.

"The longer the game went on the more comfortable I got."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 14Benning
  • 8Mantom
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 29BrandySubstituted forHemmingsat 86'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 30NgooSubstituted forSawyersat 61'minutes
  • 10Westcarr
  • 9LalkovicBooked at 74minsSubstituted forBaxendaleat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 15Chambers
  • 16Baxendale
  • 24Hewitt
  • 25Sawyers

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 37mins
  • 3Sadler
  • 11Simpson
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 19mins
  • 12Walsh
  • 28DickerSubstituted forBulmanat 62'minutes
  • 10Drury
  • 18TubbsSubstituted forProctorat 90'minutes
  • 7B ClarkeBooked at 80mins
  • 21Jones

Substitutes

  • 9Fallon
  • 14Proctor
  • 15Bulman
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 29Connolly
  • 32Atkins
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
3,904

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Crawley Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Crawley Town 2.
Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).
Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Matt Tubbs.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Walsh.
Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Febian Brandy.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Milan Lalkovic.
Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).
Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

Booking

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Dannie Bulman.
Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).
Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Crawley Town 2. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Westcarr with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Dannie Bulman replaces Gary Dicker.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Michael Ngoo.
Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).
Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Michael Jones (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Crawley Town 2. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Billy Clarke with a cross.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.
Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).
(Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Michael Ngoo (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Crawley Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Walsall 0, Crawley Town 1.
Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Walsall) left footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the left.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Walsh.
Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).
Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Booking

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).
Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Walsh.
Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).
Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).
Michael Ngoo (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).
Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).
Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

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5Rotherham3116961557
6Peterborough31164111052
7Walsall3212119647
8Swindon3213613645
9MK Dons3212713243
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11Bradford329149541
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13Coventry3113810337
14Oldham3210715-837
15Carlisle3210616-1736
16Colchester2981110-235
17Sheff Utd309813-635
18Tranmere329815-1735
19Crawley268108-434
20Crewe329716-2434
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22Shrewsbury3271015-1231
23Notts County339321-1330
24Stevenage307419-2225
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