Red Devils unbeaten in 3, late penalty
denies 3 more points
CRAWLEY TOWN 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED 1
Crawley started the game with the same line up that did so well at Swindon; that meant no recall for defender Darren Ward who was not allowed to play in the match. The Blades brought in Matt Done in the only change made by Nigel Clough from their win over Rochdale replacing Marc McNulty
Town started in the same vein as they did against the Robins the previous weekend and closed down the Blades at every opportunity, tackles we flying in and
Jay McEveley’s challenge on Gavin Tomlin could be heard around the stadium. United’s Ryan Flynn had an early chance with a run and shot that rebounded off Woods. The Red Devils were quick on the counter attack and on 15 minutes Mathias Pogba unleashed a thunderbolt 35-yard effort which Turner tipped over the crossbar for a corner. Both teams were struggling with the rain and swirling wind.
In the 16th minute, United had a ‘goal’ ruled-out for offside when Basham helped an angled drive from Bob Harris found its way into the back of the net.
Lewis Young was then yellow carded for tripping Murphy when the midfielder was running at the Crawley goal.
The Red Devils route to goal seemed to be pumping high balls into the Blades half; it was from one such delivery that Pogba saw his shot deflect off a defender.
McLeod then joined Young in the referee’s notebook after catching Harris with a late challenge. On 33 minutes United’s injured Kennedy was replaced by Kieron Freeman.
In the 37th minute, Flynn cut back a low cross which Murphy met first time. His shot was saved by Price and, when Michael Doyle met the rebound, only Richard Wood’s superb block prevented him from breaking the deadlock.
Like Swindon last week, United began the second in exactly the same fashion; they were moving the ball visibly quicker, particularly when they looked to turn defense into attack. Brayford shot was saved by Price with the rebound being missed by Done.
The resilient Red Devils had been working hard, so on 60 minutes; a tired Lee Fowler’s was replaced by Jimmy Smith in midfield. United were still the dominant side; forcing Price to making yet more saves. But the Red Devils kept them at bay. The Red Devils were gaining encouragement that they were still in the game against one of the promotion favorites and in the 63rd minute, they took the lead. Wordsworth swept an in swinging free-kick into the visitors penalty area and Richard Wood fired the ball home for his first goal for the home side since joining from Rotherham. Crawley should have been awarded a penalty when Izale McLeod was pulled down just in the penalty area, for some reason, only the match official can explain why he waved the appeal away with the home support baying for the foul to be given. That could have been game and 3 points for the home side.
United’s Flynn made way for Marc McNulty, and United continuing to do absolutely everything but score. Freeman clipped a high ball into the box but Price cleared. Both Matt Done and Coutts saw shots cleared by the home defense. The Blade’s superiority was telling and we’re they camped in the Crawley half, thankfully the Red Devils slender advantage remained. That was, until in the 81 minute, Doyle flicked on Turner’s clearance and Ryan Dickson brought down Done as the striker darted through in exactly the same way as McLeod’s minutes earlier. Both Woods and Dickson were booked in the aftermath for contesting the award by referee Charles Breakespear. Substitute McNulty levelled from the penalty spot. Darren Ward replaced Edwards in the final minutes of the game. The Red Devils survived through five minutes of added time, with the match finishing level, a point that would have been accepted at the start by the home fans.
CHT “Man of the Match” – Richard Wood.
Red Devils : Price, Young, Dickson, Wood, Bradley; Edwards, Wordsworth, Fowler, Tomlin; Pogba, McLeod. Subs: Jensen, Smith, Morgan, Anderson, Bawling, O’Connor, Ward.
The Blades: Turner, Brayford, McEveley, Kennedy, Harris, Flynn, Doyle, Coutts, Basham, Murphy, Done. Subs: McNulty, Willis, Davies, Reed, Freeman, Adams, Calvert-Lewin.
Skipper Joe Walsh on the move to MK Dons
The Red Devils captain is on his way to fellow Skybet League 1 side MK Dons, with the medical already taken place it is likely to go through today (Monday 2nd March). Initially it is a loan move, but with a permanent deal in place for next season. Joe will be linking up with former team mate Kyle McFadzean who was signed at the end of last season. Joe Walsh was due to make his come back tomorrow at Bradford City, but with this move on; his last match will have been the game against Doncaster Rovers where he was red carded for a late tackle. All of us at GH Coaches wish him well and hope he can bring success to MK and also further his international career with Wales. Joe and his family have been friends of ours since he joined from Swansea, so much so that last season we tried to sponsor him but were denied by the football club as they did not want GH Coaches being advertised in the match-day programme.
GH COACHES TRAVEL NEWS
BRADFORD CITY – Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – 7.45pm kick off.
The Red Devils next away game is on Tuesday evening 3rd March when they travel to up to Yorkshire to play Bradford City – unfortunately due to the distance and low numbers available to travel, GH Coaches are not able to provide any supporters transport to this game – some of us are driving up to Bradford and staying overnight then returning on Wednesday morning.
AWAY TRAVEL WITH GH COACHES – Next coach will be to COLCHESTER UNITED on Saturday 14th March 2015 – another must win game against a team also battling against relegation.
Travelling to Colchester couldn’t be easier – affordable door to door service, just sit back, relax and enjoy/join in the banter/debates on the coach about your favourite subject – Crawley Town Football Club.
GH Coaches are running their normal supporters coach to this game departing the New Moon at Midday – kick off is 3.00pm - Costs are £1O.00 for everyone travelling - for this match we are prepared to take 15 & 16 year olds travelling unaccompanied as it is straight to the ground in Colchester and straight back to Crawley after the game – however we will need the parents consent and also to drop them off and collect from the New Moon on our return unless otherwise agreed - we will also need a couple of contact numbers in case of any emergencies.
Please contact Alain on 07771-792346 to book on the coach – we are now officially the cheapest way to travel to the away matches - £7.50 cheaper on this game – so why pay more than you have too, travel with GH Coaches.
NEXT HOME MATCH – SATURDAY 7th MARCH 2015 Kick off 3.00pm