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Crawley Town 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Skipper Jimmy Smith hit the winner as Crawley clinched a first victory under head coach Dermot Drummy with a hard-fought success at home to Wycombe.

Crawley finished last season with eight successive defeats but midfielder Smith struck on 60 minutes to maintain their record of never having lost on the opening day since entering the Football League six seasons ago.

Wycombe winger Myles Weston was forced off injured on his Wanderers debut before Crawley were fortunate to survive when a shot from Dayle Southwell was dropped by keeper Yusuf Mersin.

The ball was quickly played to Luke O'Nien, who had an effort cleared off the line by Joe McNerney before Aaron Pierre saw a deflected effort go wide.

Crawley, fielding seven debutants, threatened when James Collins and Jordan Roberts both had goal-bound shots saved by keeper Scott Brown.

Former Liverpool development squad keeper Mersin got down well to save a header from Pierre following a Joe Jacobson free-kick shortly before the interval.

Crawley broke the deadlock on the hour when skipper Smith cashed in on a mistake by substitute Matt Bloomfield to fire past keeper Brown.

Wycombe introduced new signing Adebayo Akinfenwa for the last quarter of the game but he could not spark a revival as Crawley clinched a hard-fought win.

Crawley finished with 10 men after defender Andre Blackman was dismissed for two yellow cards in stoppage time.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 13Mersin
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 22McNerney
  • 14BlackmanBooked at 90mins
  • 8Smith
  • 10BantonBooked at 79minsSubstituted forCliffordat 82'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 4Payne
  • 11Roberts
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forHarroldat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7BoldewijnSubstituted forYussufat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Beeney
  • 3Arthur
  • 9Harrold
  • 15Yorwerth
  • 17Bawling
  • 18Clifford
  • 21Yussuf

Wycombe

  • 1BrownBooked at 88mins
  • 16HarrimanSubstituted forJombatiat 89'minutes
  • 5Stewart
  • 6Pierre
  • 3JacobsonBooked at 78mins
  • 11Wood
  • 8Bean
  • 17O'NienSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 63'minutes
  • 7Thompson
  • 15Southwell
  • 19WestonSubstituted forBloomfieldat 14'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jombati
  • 4McGinn
  • 10Bloomfield
  • 13Richardson
  • 20Akinfenwa
  • 23De Havilland
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
2,471

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamWycombe
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Billy Clifford.

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

Foul by Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Adi Yussuf replaces Enzio Boldewijn.

Attempt missed. Garry Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Garry Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Andre Blackman (Crawley Town) for a bad foul.

Foul by Andre Blackman (Crawley Town).

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Sido Jombati replaces Michael Harriman.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Matt Harrold replaces James Collins.

Attempt missed. Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town).

(Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James Collins (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Billy Clifford replaces Jason Banton.

Attempt missed. Garry Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town).

Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers).

Booking

Jason Banton (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marcus Bean (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Banton (Crawley Town).

Booking

Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jason Banton (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers).

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Joe McNerney.

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Anthony Stewart.

Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers).

Foul by James Collins (Crawley Town).

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11003033
2Blackpool11002023
3Grimsby11002023
4Yeovil11002023
5Accrington11003213
6Mansfield11003213
7Crewe11002113
8Crawley11001013
9Barnet10101101
10Cambridge10101101
11Carlisle10101101
12Cheltenham10101101
13Colchester10101101
14Hartlepool10101101
15Leyton Orient10101101
16Portsmouth10101101
17Doncaster100123-10
18Newport100123-10
19Stevenage100112-10
20Wycombe100101-10
21Exeter100102-20
22Morecambe100102-20
23Notts County100102-20
24Plymouth100103-30
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