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“It’s bounced low, hit Andy But­ler’s head and then hit his arm which is down by his side. For me, that’s not de­lib­er­ate handball.

“Un­for­tu­nately it will prob­a­bly come un­der the ref­eree’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of handball – but it’s never a handball. And if it is, he would be giv­ing handball an aw­ful lot dur­ing the game.

“I thought we were ex­cel- lent – we were camped in their half both halves but un­for­tu­nately we didn’t get a few breaks.”

Tubbs stroked home the penalty af­ter Simp­son’s con­tentious call and dou­bled the lead five min­utes into the sec­ond half, nod­ding home af­ter an ex­cel­lent turn, run and cross from Clarke.

Mike Jones al­most made it 3-0 but his mes­meris­ing solo run ended with a shot that crashed against the cross­bar .

Wal­sall were thrown a cou­ple of life­lines as Sam Man­tom fired home off the post to bring them back in it and Clarke re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low for kick­ing the ball away but Craw­ley held out.

De­lighted Craw­ley boss John Gre­gory, who la­belled the spot-kick ‘a mil­lion per cent penalty’ said: “We’ve not played for four weeks and to put in that type of high-tempo per­for­mance was ex­tra­or­di­nary.

“It just shows you how well the lads have looked af­ter them­selves.

“Be­cause as much as we’ve worked with them on the train­ing ground, they’ve still got to look af­ter them­selves when they are away from us.

“It shows you their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and then we’ve lost a player with 20 min­utes to go but we’ve still bat­tled away and won at an ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fi­cult place to win.”



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