The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Beardmore

RE­FRESHED Craw­ley re­turned from their ‘win­ter break’ to claim a cru­cial win at fal­ter­ing Wal­sall but a con­tro­ver­sial early penalty dom­i­nated post-match con­ver­sa­tions.

Craw­ley had slipped alarm­ingly down the ta­ble af­ter sev­eral post­pone­ments but Matt Tubbs’ dou­ble eased any fears of be­ing dragged into rel­e­ga­tion trou­ble.

His opener came just four min­utes in af­ter ref­eree Jeremy Simp­son awarded what seemed an in­cred­i­bly harsh penalty against Sad­dlers skip­per Andy But­ler for handball.

Simp­son also sent off Craw­ley’s Billy Clarke late on but Sad­dlers gaffer Dean Smith felt the hard­est done by as his side’s play-off bid suf­fered a big blow.

Smith said: “I asked him at half-time, I said: ‘Is there a new di­rec­tive I don’t know about?’ I was told the word­ing is ‘de­lib­er­ate handball’.

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