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Crawley Town 2-2 Preston: Match Report

14 Dec 2013 18:01:00

Crawley Town 2-2 Preston: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Crawley hit back to snatch point

Gary Alexander's injury-time header capped a spirited second-half fightback as Crawley rescued a 2-2 draw against high-flying Preston in manager John Gregory's first league match in charge.


North End, boasting a 10-match unbeaten run going into the game, made the perfect start when defender Paul Huntington headed in a corner from Scott Laird after only nine minutes.


Josh Brownhill then doubled the advantage seven minutes later by latching on to a weighted throughball from skipper John Welsh and lofting the ball over goalkeeper Paul Jones.


Crawley, who introduced Andy Drury for James Hurst in a tactical change, awoke from their slumber in the 32nd minute when striker Billy Clarke headed wide from a deep cross from Nicky Adams.


Preston ended the half on top and 'keeper Jones gathered from the onrushing Stuart Beavon before Laird broke powerfully down the left and sent a fierce shot just over.


Veteran Crawley striker Alexander headed a Mat Sadler cross wide shortly after the break and Jones later dived to hold Brownhill's effort.


Town defender Walsh reduced the deficit for Crawley after 66 minutes with a low left-footed shot after a header by Mark Connelly had come back back off a post


Alexander had the ball in the net after 'keeper Declan Rudd failed to hold a shot by Emile Sinclair but the effort was ruled out for offside.


Walsh struck a post two minutes from time as the hosts pushed for a leveller, which duly came when Alexander forced home Adams' corner from close range.



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