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Walsall 2-3 Crawley Town

Crawley reached the Carabao Cup second round for the first time in five seasons with a thrilling 3-2 win at League Two rivals Walsall.

The visitors led after 21 minutes as Ashley Nadesan beat Walsall's offside trap and squared for Filipe Morais to tap home unmarked.

Red Devils goalkeeper Michael Luyambula produced a superb save to preserve the lead, tipping over Mat Sadler's point-blank strike from Elijah Adebayo's knockdown.

Walsall keeper Liam Roberts responded with a pair of fine saves, foiling Ollie Palmer's effort from an acute angle and Panutche Camara's well-struck 15-yard strike.

But Crawley doubled their lead after 48 minutes as Tom Dallison was allowed the freedom of the six-yard box to bullet home a header.

Walsall pulled one back six minutes later as Luyambula bundled over Sadler and substitute Caolan Lavery scored with his first touch despite the keeper getting a hand to his penalty.

Crawley re-established their two-goal cushion just two minutes later as Josh Doherty's low cross found Nadesan free in the six-yard box to hook home.

Lavery again halved Walsall's deficit with an excellent 71st-minute finish from a quick free-kick by Cameron Norman, who then shaved the bar with a volley as Crawley held on.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J Clarke
  • 4Sadler
  • 33JulesSubstituted forMcDonaldat 53'minutes
  • 2Norman
  • 7Sinclair
  • 20BatesSubstituted forHardyat 53'minutes
  • 8Kinsella
  • 21Cockerill-Mollett
  • 11Adebayo
  • 10GordonSubstituted forLaveryat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pring
  • 9Lavery
  • 13Rose
  • 17Hardy
  • 18Kiersey
  • 24Facey
  • 25McDonald

Crawley

  • 35Luyambula
  • 14Francomb
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 6Dallison-LisbonBooked at 76mins
  • 3Doherty
  • 4Payne
  • 28Camara
  • 22MoraisSubstituted forFergusonat 69'minutes
  • 10NadesanSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 59'minutes
  • 15Nathaniel-GeorgeSubstituted forAllarakhiaat 81'minutes
  • 9Palmer

Substitutes

  • 1Morris
  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 8Smith
  • 12Ferguson
  • 17Allarakhia
  • 18Sesay
  • 26Galach
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
2,451

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home14
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Crawley Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Crawley Town 3.

Attempt blocked. Liam Kinsella (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Clarke with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Norman with a headed pass.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Dallison.

Offside, Crawley Town. George Francomb tries a through ball, but Ollie Palmer is caught offside.

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

Attempt blocked. Liam Kinsella (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James Clarke with a cross.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

Foul by Elijah Adebayo (Walsall).

Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Walsall. Mat Sadler tries a through ball, but Caolan Lavery is caught offside.

Cameron Norman (Walsall) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Tarryn Allarakhia replaces Ashley Nathaniel-George.

Attempt missed. Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Panutche Camara.

Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ollie Palmer.

Booking

Tom Dallison (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dangerous play by Tom Dallison (Crawley Town).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Tom Dallison (Crawley Town).

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Walsall).

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

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Crawley Town 3. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cameron Norman following a set piece situation.

Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Ferguson (Crawley Town).

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

Attempt blocked. Wesley McDonald (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Roberts.

Offside, Crawley Town. Nathan Ferguson tries a through ball, but Panutche Camara is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Nathan Ferguson replaces Filipe Morais.

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