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Crawley Town 2-0 Morecambe

New head coach Gabriele Cioffi celebrated victory in his first game in charge as Crawley eased to a 2-0 home win over struggling Morecambe.

Second-half goals from Ashley Nathaniel-George and Panutche Camara gave the Reds back-to-back wins for the first time since early February.

Striker Camara put a deflected shot wide for the hosts early on before later shooting wide from the edge of the area.

Former Bolton midfielder Filipe Morais went close for Crawley midway through the half when he put a curling effort wide from a pass by Nathaniel-George.

Crawley keeper Glenn Morris was called into action for the first time when he dived to keep out a low shot from Andrew Fleming.

The Reds broke the deadlock in fine style after 52 minutes with Nathaniel-George bursting through to slot his first goal for the club to the left of long-serving keeper Barry Roche.

Camara doubled the advantage only three minutes later from the centre of the area, putting the ball in at the second attempt after defensive slackness.

Cioffi,43, ran onto the field to celebrate with his players and was promptly booked by referee Alan Young.

Crawley have scored in every home game since Boxing Day and Bondz N'Gala and Ollie Palmer both went close as they dominated.

Liam Mandeville had a late free-kick tipped over the bar as Morecambe fell to their seventh defeat in eight league games.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 2Young
  • 33N'Gala
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 35mins
  • 16Maguire
  • 14FrancombSubstituted forPoleonat 62'minutes
  • 22Morais
  • 21BulmanBooked at 28minsSubstituted forPayneat 76'minutes
  • 15Nathaniel-GeorgeSubstituted forDohertyat 84'minutes
  • 28CamaraBooked at 88mins
  • 9Palmer

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 4Payne
  • 5McNerney
  • 10Poleon
  • 11Gambin
  • 12Mersin

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 2Mills
  • 14YarneyBooked at 23mins
  • 5Old
  • 27CranstonBooked at 79mins
  • 8Fleming
  • 15Wildig
  • 17Mandeville
  • 28Leitch-Smith
  • 11EllisonSubstituted forMendes Gomesat 81'minutes
  • 24PiggottBooked at 50minsSubstituted forOliverat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Oliver
  • 13Szczepaniak
  • 16Lavelle
  • 18Oates
  • 19Mendes Gomes
  • 22Sinclair
  • 25Hedley
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
1,895

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Morecambe 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Morecambe 0.

Attempt missed. Zak Mills (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Filipe Morais.

Attempt blocked. Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe).

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

Foul by Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town).

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

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jordan Cranston.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Josh Payne (Crawley Town).

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Doherty replaces Ashley Nathaniel-George.

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

Foul by Carlos Mendes Gomes (Morecambe).

Foul by Josh Payne (Crawley Town).

Liam Mandeville (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Carlos Mendes Gomes replaces Kevin Ellison.

Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Cranston (Morecambe).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Payne replaces Dannie Bulman.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Glenn Morris.

Attempt saved. Liam Mandeville (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Filipe Morais (Crawley Town).

A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Bondz N'Gala (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jordan Cranston.

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

Josef Yarney (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Dominic Poleon replaces George Francomb.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City86111661019
2Exeter8512158716
3Newport8512913-416
4Colchester84311751215
5Yeovil74211531214
6Oldham8422126614
7Bury84131410413
8Tranmere8341107313
9MK Dons734074313
10Crawley84131110113
11Carlisle8413910-113
12Forest Green8260127512
13Stevenage8332109112
14Swindon83321314-112
15Mansfield724196310
16Port Vale831498110
17Crewe72239818
18Cheltenham822468-28
19Cambridge8215715-87
20Northampton8134813-56
21Grimsby8125515-105
22Morecambe8107317-143
23Macclesfield8026616-102
24Notts County80261024-142
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