Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Crawley Town 0.
Chuks Aneke's late goal earned 10-man Crewe their first win in nine games as they beat managerless Crawley.
The winger, on loan from Arsenal, had only been on the pitch for a few moments when he headed home Matt Tootle's cross at the back post.
Earlier, Vadaine Oliver had been sent off for The Railwaymen after picking up two yellow cards, the second for what looked like a clear dive.
Crawley failed to take advantage as Mat Sadler's shot was cleared off the line.
It was a dismal start to life in interim charge of the Red Devils for chief scout Martin Hinshelwood and striker Gary Alexander, after Richie Barker was sacked on Wednesday.
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Crawley interim manager Martin Hinshelwood told BBC Sussex:
"To be fair to Crewe they competed, they worked hard, they made so many blocks and the one from Mat Sadler was unbelievable, but we are very disappointed.
"We are on a bit of a run at the moment and we have just got to believe in ourselves to get out of it. When [Crewe] went down to 10 men, we didn't pass the ball enough and we didn't keep it well enough.
"We had 90 minutes to win a game and we didn't. We have just got to do the things we believe in and I am sure it will fall for us."
- 19OliverBooked at 55mins
- 17HitchcockSubstituted forAnekeat 78'minutes
- 28Na Bangna
- 11SimpsonSubstituted forJonesat 66'minutes
- 4ConnollyBooked at 77minsSubstituted forHurstat 83'minutesBooked at 84mins
- 20SinclairSubstituted forDruryat 66'minutes
- James Adcock
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Crawley Town 0.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.
Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).
Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.
James Hurst (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Hurst (Crawley Town).
Substitution, Crawley Town. James Hurst replaces Mark Connolly.
Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Crawley Town 0. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Tootle.
Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chukwuemeka Aneke replaces Tom Hitchcock.
Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).
Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Harry Davis.
Attempt blocked. Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
Foul by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).