September 15, 2012
Alexander at the double
Gary Alexander grabbed his second double of the season to fire Crawley to a 2-1 victory at Preston.
The Lilywhites were unbeaten in five league and cup games but after Stuart Beavon and John Welsh wasted chances in an open first half they had no answer to Alexander.
The 33-year-old striker headed Crawley in front in the 54th minute before crashing a superb shot past Thorsten Stuckmann four minutes later to seal the win despite Paul Huntington's late effort.
Nicky Adams drilled the ball past the post for the Red Devils after 23 minutes, but from the next real chance Alexander headed home from Adams' cross to give Crawley the lead.
The Town skipper doubled the advantage by rolling Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on the edge of the box and curling the ball around Stuckmann.
Huntington slid home a late response for Preston from Joel Byrom's free-kick but they could not force a leveller in a frantic finish.
|Preston North End||Crawley Town|
|1 Thorsten Stuckmann||1 Paul Jones|
|6 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff||13 David Hunt|
|16 David Buchanan||3 Mathew Sadler|
|4 Paul Huntington||5 Kyle McFadzean|
|3 Scott Laird||4 Mark Connolly|
|26 Bailey Wright||15 Dannie Bulman|
|19 John Welsh||18 Shaun Cooper|
|8 Nicky Wroe||16 Nicky Adams|
|17 Jeffrey Monakana||21 Mike Jones|
|12 Akpo Sodje||9 Gary Alexander|
|29 Stuart Beavon||14 Nicholas Ajose|
|23 Steve Simonsen||Michel Kuipers 25|
|18 Andrew Procter||Joe Walsh 12|
|20 Chris Beardsley||Charlie Wassmer 20|
|13 Joel Byrom||Billy Clarke 7|
|24 William Hayhurst||Scott Davies 2|
|22 Jack King||Scott Neilsen 22|
|7 David Amoo||Jonathan Forte 10|
|Joel Byrom for David Buchanan (46)||Billy Clarke for Nicholas Ajose (76)|
|David Amoo for Bailey Wright (63)||Joe Walsh for Mike Jones (87)|
|William Hayhurst for Jeffrey Monakana (73)|
|Akpo Sodje (34)||Nicholas Ajose (62)|
|John Welsh (37)|
|· Squads: Preston North End | Crawley Town|