Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Coventry City 2.
Jordan Ponticelli scored twice as Coventry City boosted their League Two play-off bid with victory at mid-table Crawley Town.
Ponticelli grabbed the decider 12 minutes from time to give the Sky Blues their first win in four games and put them back into seventh place.
Coventry got off to an ideal start with teenager Ponticelli firing them ahead in only the fifth minute following a Marc McNulty cross after Crawley failed to clear from a free-kick.
Fit-again Dutch striker Thomas Verheydt had a goal-bound shot blocked by goalkeeper Lee Burge before the hosts levelled when defender Lewis Young rifled a low shot into the corner after 13 minutes.
Jonson Clarke-Harris, one of four changes made by Sky Blues boss Mark Robins, had a powerful drive tipped over by keeper Glenn Morris midway through the half.
Morris was called into action again just before the interval when he saved a shot from Liam Kelly after Karlan Ahearne-Grant dwelt on the ball.
Crawley skipper Jimmy Smith, on his 150th start for the club, should have hit the target when he was off target in front of goal after being set up by Ahearne-Grant.
Top-scorer McNulty came close to restoring City's lead after 72 minutes when his goal-bound shot was deflected over by Morris.
But Morris was beaten six minutes later when forward Ponticelli fired the winner with an angled shot after being set up by substitute Max Biamou.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 20TajbakhshBooked at 29minsSubstituted forDohertyat 61'minutes
- 4PayneSubstituted forRobertsat 78'minutes
- 23VerheydtSubstituted forCamaraat 60'minutes
- 4WillisSubstituted forDaviesat 82'minutes
- 8DoyleBooked at 64mins
- 18Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forBiamouat 67'minutes
- 30BaylissSubstituted forReidat 57'minutes
- Lee Swabey
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Coventry City 2.
Attempt missed. Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.
Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).
Liam Kelly (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marc McNulty (Coventry City).
Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Davies (Coventry City).
Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jack Grimmer (Coventry City).
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Josh Doherty.
Attempt saved. Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Liam Kelly (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dangerous play by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Coventry City. Tom Davies replaces Jordan Willis because of an injury.
Delay in match Jordan Willis (Coventry City) because of an injury.
Substitution, Crawley Town. Jordan Roberts replaces Josh Payne.