The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Palmer

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

PIC­TURES: Terry Parker

STAR MAN GAVIN TOM­LIN Craw­ley LATE HERO­ICS: Gavin Tom­lin and team­mates cel­e­brate the match­win­ner

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