Stunning display by Edwards gives the Red Devils and supporters a much needed lift.
Crawley Town 2 Leyton Orient 1
ATTENDANCE: 4,387 (1,171 away)
Crawley are now mathematically safe from the relegation that was on the cards a couple of weeks ago when they went on a 6 match losing streak, but 3 wins in the last week has changed the situation and the Red Devils will now again be completing in League 1. The 9 points gained has enabled the club to rise up the league table to 12 position still with a game in hand over some of the clubs around them, so a top ten finish could be achieved. The wins at MK Dons 2 - 0, Tranmere Rover 2 – 0 at the Checkatrade.com Stadium and yesterday’s quite stunning display in front of a bank holiday crowd of 4387, with a 2 – 1 victory over promotion chasing Leyton Orient have guaranteed League 1 football next season.
Good Fridays match was going to be a tough game for the Red Devils on paper, but the O’s failed to turn up for the this game putting in a surprising inept team performance considering that they are still vying promotion. Crawley however were the opposite and with young winger on loan from Swansea, Gwion Edwards starting a game for the first time was the match winner, following his goal against Tranmere Rovers last Tuesday when coming on as a late substitute. Manager John Gregory gave him a place in the starting line up and he caused problem to the visitors all afternoon, capping the “man of the match” performance with the opening goal after 26 minutes when he found space in the penalty area to fire home Dannie Bulman’s pin point cross. The O’s keeper was the busier of the two, saving from Mike Jones and Josh Simpson but on the stroke of half time from a corner, and against the run of play the Orient equalised through Chris Dagnall when he toe poked the ball past Paul Jones from Baudry’s downward header which silenced the home support.
With no changes to the starting line up’s the second half started in the same vein, with the home side making most of the chances early on, again it was the Welsh under 21 Edwards mazy run that almost restored the Red Devils lead – only for his final touch to let him down and shot wide. Andy Drury had a long range effort that sailed just over the crossbar. On the hour, Jamie Proctor replaced Matt Tubbs for the first of Crawley’s substitutions, Edwards again had a long range shot that O’s keeper Jamie Jones tipped over the bar for a corner, from the corner, again it was Edwards header that was cleared of the line. On 70 minutes, the home side restored there advantage with Andy Drury heading home Mike Jones superb cross when unmarked in the penalty area.
At the other end Cox’s shot went past the post, and then Jamie Proctor has a shot well saved by the visitor’s keeper. Mooney should have equalised again, but his short from Coz’s free kick went straight at the home keeper. Crawley nearly extended the lead, Edwards was again in the action when another run, beating off two defender; he then set up Josh Simpson, whose low shot was again saved by the O’s keeper at full stretch. Crawley then brought on Sergio Torres for Simpson on 84 minutes and his pass to Proctor set up another chance to increase the lead on for a defender to get a tackle in, sending Proctor sprawling to the ground appealing for a foul.
3 minutes of added time, Orient had the last chance when Kyle McFadzean was on hand at the near post to amazingly to clear of the line from Mooney’s late effort. The match referee Mick Russell then blew the whistle for the end of the game and the home fans could now breathe a sigh of relief that they we now safe and in League 1 next season.
In the past two seasons Crawley and Leyton Orient have met 4 times – and the Red Devils have the perfect score – 4 wins, our performances against the top sides has been extremely good both home and away, had Crawley taken just 10 points from those six losses against teams around them we may have been vying for a play-off spot.
CHT “MAN OF THE MATCH” Gwion Edwards – a total class performance on his debut for the Red Devils
Red Devils: P Jones, Sadler, Connolly, McFadzean, Drury, Simpson (Torres 84), Walsh, Bulman, Tubbs (Proctor 60), Jones, Edwards.
Unused subs: Essam, Fallon, Monakana, Maddison, Dicker
Orient: J Jones, Omozusi, Vincelot (Ness 78), Cuthbert, Baudry, Cox, James (Lundstram 65), Mooney, Odubajo, Clarke, Dagnall (Batt 65).
Unused subs: Sawyer, Larkins, Batt, Lasimant, R Simpson, Ness
The Red Devils next match is on Monday when they travel to Notts County in their 4th game in 9 days – the squad will be in buoyant mood with their recent 3 wins, and I’d expect them to collect all the 3 points with victory over relegated threatened County. County lost on Friday against Bristol City 2 – 1. Crawley have 3 matches to complete the season, with an away game next Saturday at Bradford City, then two home matches against Carlisle Unted on Tuesday 29th April with an evening kick off at 7.45pm and the last game of the season at Home to Bristol City the following Saturday 3rd May with a 3.00pm kick off.
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BRADFORD CITY – 26th APRIL 2014 – OVERNIGHT TRIP
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