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AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Crawley Town: Watters fires Red Devils into round three

League Two Crawley reached the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 2012/13 season with a comeback win at League One outfit AFC Wimbledon.

Ethan Chislett's pinpoint cross from the right found Joe Pigott unmarked to head the Dons in front with a bullet header for his seventh goal of the season.

But Jack Powell's defence-splitting pass sent Ashley Nadesan clear to lift the ball over advancing keeper Connal Trueman for the equaliser.

And Max Watters smashed in the winner from point-blank range following a goalmouth scramble after the hosts failed to clear.

Crawley had come through an FA Cup classic to reach round two, winning a chaotic tie 6-5 after extra time at Torquay, and just as in Devon had to fight back after falling behind in an even first half.

The home side had reached the third round or better in all but one of the five previous seasons and responded strongly to Watters' ninth goal of the season.

Glenn Morris did well to palm away Pigott's fine long-range effort and Steve Seddon had an effort blocked as Wimbledon won a string of second-half corners.

Pigott's low shot was off target as the hosts piled on late pressure, but Terell Thomas dragged their last chance wide as Crawley hung on.

Line-ups

Wimbledon

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Trueman
  • 6Thomas
  • 22Heneghan
  • 3Csoka
  • 19McLoughlinSubstituted forAlexanderat 82'minutes
  • 11ChislettSubstituted forRudoniat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Hartigan
  • 33Reilly
  • 42Seddon
  • 9PalmerSubstituted forLongmanat 62'minutes
  • 39Pigott

Substitutes

  • 4Woodyard
  • 5Nightingale
  • 7Alexander
  • 12Rudoni
  • 13Tzanev
  • 18Guinness-Walker
  • 29Longman

Crawley

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Morris
  • 18Sesay
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 24Craig
  • 6Dallison-Lisbon
  • 25TsaroullaSubstituted forFrostat 76'minutes
  • 39Hessenthaler
  • 21Bulman
  • 8PowellBooked at 45mins
  • 36WattersSubstituted forAshfordat 88'minutes
  • 10Nadesan

Substitutes

  • 5McNerney
  • 9German
  • 11Frost
  • 20Matthews
  • 23Ashford
  • 26Galach
  • 37Nelson
Referee:
Robert Lewis

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Crawley Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Crawley Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Daniel Csoka (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town).

  5. Booking

    Jack Rudoni (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jack Rudoni (AFC Wimbledon).

  7. Post update

    Jake Hessenthaler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Terell Thomas (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Rudoni.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Csoka (AFC Wimbledon).

  11. Post update

    Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Rudoni (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steve Seddon.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Sam Ashford replaces Max Watters.

  14. Post update

    Jack Rudoni (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Max Watters (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Hessenthaler.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Csoka (AFC Wimbledon).

  18. Post update

    David Sesay (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Cheye Alexander replaces Shane McLoughlin.

  20. Post update

    Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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