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Crawley Town 2-1 Preston North End

Lee Fowler
Fowler signed for Crawley on loan from Nuneaton Town on Friday

Substitute Lee Fowler fired home the winner on his debut as relegation-threatened Crawley beat play-off chasing Preston.

Anthony Wordsworth put the hosts ahead on his home debut when he bundled in Lewis Young's cross from close range.

Paul Huntington brought Preston level after the interval when he headed Paul Gallagher's corner in at the near post.

But Fowler gave Crawley their first win in 16 games in all competitions when he volleyed home from long range late on.

The win moved Crawley up to 22nd place, while Preston remained fourth in the League One table.

Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders told BBC Surrey:

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Saunders on Crawley v Preston

"I've seen that we have been getting better and better, and it's a good win for us.

"We had lots of other chances as well, and I thought it's not going to be our day. But all in all, its just the three points we needed and hopefully it gives the players confidence.

"I think we just played them at the right time as well, they've hit a bit of a bad patch, and didn't look as confident as they normally do in front of goal."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 30Price
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 3Dickson
  • 25Ward
  • 12Walsh
  • 33Elliott
  • 7Edwards
  • 14YoungSubstituted forBawlingat 77'minutes
  • 26Wordsworth
  • 8SmithBooked at 59minsSubstituted forFowlerat 77'minutes
  • 9McLeod

Substitutes

  • 6Bradley
  • 10Morgan
  • 16Fowler
  • 17Anderson
  • 20Bawling
  • 21Tomlin
  • 27Dutton

Preston

  • 34Johnstone
  • 16BuchananSubstituted forDaviesat 85'minutes
  • 5Clarke
  • 15WoodsBooked at 75mins
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 56mins
  • 30BrownhillSubstituted forHumphreyat 77'minutes
  • 17Reid
  • 24Johnson
  • 19Welsh
  • 40Ebanks-Blake
  • 12Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 4Wiseman
  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Davies
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 22King
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
2,550

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 1.

Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 2, Preston North End 1. Lee Fowler (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Calum Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces David Buchanan.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Marvin Elliott (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Lewis Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Lee Fowler replaces Jimmy Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Josh Brownhill.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Calum Woods (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marvin Elliott (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).

Kyel Reid (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Preston North End 1. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

Foul by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Preston North End).

Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marvin Elliott.

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Preston North End).

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

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Lewis Price.

Attempt saved. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Darren Ward.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crawley Town 1, Preston North End 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1MK Dons27167459253455
2Bristol City25166348222654
3Swindon27166552272554
4Preston27138641281347
5Chesterfield2710984136539
6Sheff Utd2511683228439
7Rochdale261151047351238
8Bradford2610793330337
9Fleetwood27107102726137
10Oldham2691073838037
11Peterborough27114123434037
12Doncaster269982831-336
13Notts County2798103034-435
14Port Vale28105133440-635
15Walsall268992628-233
16Scunthorpe2596103741-433
17Barnsley2695123639-332
18Gillingham2787123543-831
19Coventry28710112939-1031
20Crewe2785142549-2429
21Colchester2777133243-1128
22Crawley2869132647-2127
23Leyton Orient2768133543-826
24Yeovil2867152140-1925
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