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Morecambe 0-1 Crawley Town

Crawley took three vital points from a win over fellow strugglers Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

The only goal of the game came in the 19th minute through Billy Clifford, who took a corner which was missed by everyone in the box and curled into the back of the Morecambe net.

The Shrimps then saw veteran striker Kevin Ellison dismissed for an off-the-ball incident in the 33rd minute that gave the home side a mountain to climb.

To give Jim Bentley's side credit, they dominated the game after the break and produced the greater opportunities.

Aaron Wildig saw a close-range effort scrambled over the bar before the same player forced Glenn Morris into a superb save low to his left with a stinging right-footed shot from the edge of the box.

Morecambe started brightly and could have taken the lead in the fifth minute when Steven Old beat his marker to meet a Michael Rose corner, but he could only head straight at Morris.

Crawley came back with Jimmy Smith and Enzio Boldewijn firing wide before Clifford broke the deadlock. The visitors were then given a boost when Ellison was sent off.

The 10 men came back with Andy Fleming doing well to get on to the end of a cross to force Morris into a save but Crawley should have added a second on the stroke of half-time.

They had a man over but Moussa Sanoh produced a poor final ball and the danger was cleared.

Despite having the man advantage Crawley were forced to defend for long periods after the break with Mark Connolly producing several superb blocks to give the Reds a much-needed boost.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 17LundSubstituted forKenyonat 65'minutes
  • 22Müller
  • 5Old
  • 3Brough
  • 8Fleming
  • 24RoseSubstituted forMcGowanat 75'minutes
  • 10CampbellBooked at 29minsSubstituted forTurnerat 66'minutes
  • 15Wildig
  • 11EllisonBooked at 34mins
  • 9Oliver

Substitutes

  • 2McGowan
  • 4Kenyon
  • 12Nizic
  • 16Lavelle
  • 18Turner
  • 19Deakin
  • 21Osborne

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 2YoungSubstituted forMcNerneyat 11'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 22Lelan
  • 6Connolly
  • 19Evina
  • 8Smith
  • 21BulmanSubstituted forPayneat 35'minutes
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 18CliffordSubstituted forMeiteat 71'minutes
  • 27SanohBooked at 36mins
  • 11RobertsBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 4Payne
  • 5McNerney
  • 12Mersin
  • 17Djaló
  • 24Lewis
  • 26Meite
  • 28Camara
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
1,222

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 0, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 0, Crawley Town 1.

Attempt missed. Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Max Müller (Morecambe).

Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Patrick Brough (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Cedric Evina.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Aaron McGowan replaces Michael Rose.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Ibrahim Meite replaces Billy Clifford.

Foul by Max Müller (Morecambe).

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

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Glenn Morris.

Attempt saved. Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Steven Old (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Andrew Fleming.

Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).

Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Glenn Morris.

Attempt saved. Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Rhys Turner replaces Adam Campbell.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Alex Kenyon replaces Mitchell Lund.

Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Moussa Sanoh (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Billy Clifford (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mitchell Lund.

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

Attempt missed. Mitchell Lund (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Josh Lelan.

goal

As It Stood

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2Notts County1282222121026
3Luton1273223101324
4Wycombe127322518724
5Coventry12723146823
6Accrington127232115623
7Stevenage126331913621
8Newport126331712521
9Mansfield125431815319
10Lincoln City125431513219
11Swindon126151716119
12Cheltenham125251614217
13Grimsby125251619-317
14Cambridge125161214-216
15Colchester124351818015
16Carlisle124261517-214
17Crewe124261318-514
18Crawley124171214-213
19Barnet123361516-112
20Yeovil123361726-912
21Morecambe122461017-710
22Forest Green121381127-166
23Port Vale12129919-105
24Chesterfield121291025-155
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