SHOCK WINNER DELIGHTS DEANO
DEAN Saunders insisted he couldn’t fault the effort of any of his troops as his patched-up Crawley Town boosted their survival bid with a smash-andgrab victory at promotion-chasing Swindon Town.
With a long list of absentees, interim boss Saunders was down to the bare bones for this trip.
But an early strike from Anthony Wordsworth and a stunning late winner from Gavin Tomlin earned Crawley their second away victory of the campaign.
“It would have been a great three points even if everyone was all right, but we had ten players unavailable,” Saunders said.
“The boys have done brilliantly to get the points and with the way we’ve played too.
“We took the lead and then we let them have the ball basically. There were good performances all over the pitch and Lewis Young did well at right-back again, Richard Wood came in and didn’t put a foot wrong.
“The midfield three defended all game, we were looking for counter attacks and we’ve managed to nick the points.
“I am really pleased because at one point on Friday we didn’t have a centre-half. Our squad can’t really cope with this many players being out, but we managed it here.”
Meanwhile, Swindon manager Mark Cooper believes there is no need to panic as his team dominated possession but were made to pay for failing to break Crawley down.
“I have said all along there is a long way to go so we are certainly not going to panic with 15 games left,” Cooper said.
“I think we are playing well and it will turn. We have to keep giving the forwards belief, Andy Williams has scored here and if we keep working hard we’ll start scoring more again.
“It’s very difficult when a team defends on the edge of their own box, it’s very hard to get in behind.
“The worst case scenario for me here was for us to win 1-0, but we have given them two goals they didn’t have to work hard enough for.
“When you have that much possession you have to make sure the back door is locked.”
Crawley stunned the home crowd with a goal inside five minutes as Gwion Edwards powered down the left and supplied a low cross that was well finished by Wordsworth.
Swindon soon started to dictate play, but Edwards fired just over after a lay-off from Mathias Pogba in the 32nd minute and the battling visitors remained in front at the break.
Lewis Price saved well from Williams six minutes into the second half after a fine cross from Nathan Byrne. But Swindon were on level terms in the 58th minute when central defender Jack Stephens strode forward and played in Williams, who applied a calm first time finish.
Ben Gladwin nodded a corner from Byrne wide and John Swift forced Price into evasive action in the 78th minute, but Crawley snatched their winner with two minutes remaining as Jordan Turnbull was caught out and the ball sat up for the recalled Tomlin to smash a fierce volley into the roof of the net.
SWINDON: (3-5-2): Foderingham 7, Stephens 8, Thompson N 7, Turnbull 6, Byrne 7, Kasim 6, Gladwin 7, Swift 8, Toffolo 5 (Thompson L 46 6); Williams 7, M Smith 6 (Hylton 79 6) Subs not used: Belford, Barthram, Branco, Rodgers, Obika
CRAWLEY TOWN: (4-4-2): Price 8, Young 8, Wood 7, Bradley 7, Dickson 7, Tomlin 8 (Smith J 90), Wordsworth 7, Fowler 6, Edwards 8, Pogba 6 (Bawling 87), McLeod 6 (Harrold 90)
Subs not used: Dutton, Morgan, Anderson, O’Connor
STAR MAN GAVIN TOMLIN Crawley LATE HEROICS: Gavin Tomlin and teammates celebrate the matchwinner