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Crawley Town 2-3 Walsall

Walsall held on to clinch their third-successive victory with a narrow 3-2 result at Crawley to ruin Gabriele Cioffi's 50th league game as Reds head coach.

Skipper James Clarke, who scored Walsall's winner against Scunthorpe the previous week, struck to give the Saddlers the lead in sensational style after only 14 minutes.

Clarke, fed by Rory Gaffney, unleashed a blistering drive from 30 yards which flew into the top corner to the right of goalkeeper Glenn Morris.

Ashley Nathaniel-George missed a good chance for Crawley before the fit-again Elijah Adebayo doubled Walsall's advantage after 27 minutes with his first goal of the season.

Adebayo poked the ball home from close range after Wes McDonald threaded the ball into the box.

Nathaniel-George was on target from the penalty spot for Crawley two minutes before the break after goalkeeper Liam Roberts brought down Matt Bloomfield.

But McDonald restored the Saddlers' two-goal advantage two minutes later with a fine right-footed shot into the top corner.

Crawley threatened after the interval with substitute Bez Lubala firing just wide before setting up Nathan Ferguson, who put a good chance wide.

Lubala had a goal-bound shot parried over by Roberts before substitute Josh Payne made it 3-2 with a shot from 25 yards in the third minute of stoppage time.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Morris
  • 18SesayBooked at 66mins
  • 6Dallison-Lisbon
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 2Young
  • 21BulmanSubstituted forPayneat 63'minutes
  • 12FergusonSubstituted forAllarakhiaat 90'minutes
  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 28Camara
  • 15Nathaniel-GeorgeSubstituted forLubalaat 45'minutes
  • 16Enigbokan-Bloomfield

Substitutes

  • 4Payne
  • 17Allarakhia
  • 20Sendles-White
  • 26Galach
  • 30Lubala
  • 31Boadu Adjei
  • 35Luyambula

Walsall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J Clarke
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 33Jules
  • 15HoldenBooked at 60mins
  • 16GuthrieSubstituted forLiddleat 60'minutes
  • 7Sinclair
  • 25McDonaldSubstituted forKinsellaat 55'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11AdebayoSubstituted forGordonat 55'minutes
  • 30Gaffney

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 8Kinsella
  • 10Gordon
  • 13Rose
  • 17Hardy
  • 21Cockerill-Mollett
  • 26Liddle
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
2,275

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home24
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Walsall 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Walsall 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Panutche Camara.

  4. Booking

    Liam Kinsella (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Tarryn Allarakhia (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Crawley Town 2, Walsall 3. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Panutche Camara.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Panutche Camara.

  9. Post update

    Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Clarke (Walsall).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Tarryn Allarakhia replaces Nathan Ferguson.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Ferguson (Crawley Town).

  13. Post update

    Gary Liddle (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Payne.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Liam Roberts.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Ferguson.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Zak Jules.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Ferguson (Crawley Town).

  20. Post update

    Gary Liddle (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter116411610622
2Crewe117131813522
3Cheltenham1163220101021
4Forest Green11632115621
5Swindon116231813520
6Newport11551116520
7Grimsby115331913618
8Bradford115331510518
9Colchester11443129316
10Crawley114431816216
11Cambridge114341411315
12Plymouth114341513215
13Northampton114341412215
14Walsall11434811-315
15Port Vale113531417-314
16Carlisle114251318-514
17Macclesfield113441112-113
18Salford112541220-811
19Mansfield112451216-410
20Oldham112451216-410
21Leyton Orient112451521-610
22Morecambe111461121-107
23Scunthorpe111371119-86
24Stevenage11056715-85
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