December 15, 2012
Red Devils back on track
Hope Akpan and Dannie Bulman struck within four second-half minutes of each other to help Crawley come from behind to claim their first win in eight games with a 2-1 victory at Stevenage.
After a goalless first half, Robin Shroot edged Boro ahead in the 55th minutes before a quick-fire double turned the contest on its head.
Akpan slotted home on the rebound after 65 minutes before Bulman's deflected strike four minutes later left Stevenage with just one win in six games.
In Stevenage's first home game since the death of their former player Mitchell Cole, both sides held a moments silence while the Boro players warmed-up in shirts carrying the number 21.
The deadlock was broken when Shroot collected David Gray's centre to slot his seventh goal of the season past Paul Jones.
The lead was to last just 10 minutes, as Steve Arnold got down smartly to repel Nicky Adams' firm drive, only for Akpan to tuck home the rebound.
And the turnaround was complete four minutes later, courtesy of Bulman's long-range strike, which flew past Arnold via the head of the unfortunate Bondz N'Gala.
|1 Steven Arnold||1 Paul Jones|
|22 Miguel Comminges||13 David Hunt|
|14 Mark Roberts||3 Mathew Sadler|
|2 David Gray||28 Claude Davis|
|3 Lee Hills||4 Mark Connolly|
|29 Bondz Ngala||15 Dannie Bulman|
|6 Greg Tansey||16 Nicky Adams|
|8 James Dunne||21 Mike Jones|
|32 Robin Shroot||11 Josh Simpson|
|11 Lucas Akins||6 Hope Akpan|
|9 Marcus Haber||9 Gary Alexander|
|27 Charlie Horlock||Michel Kuipers 25|
|4 Darius Charles||Joe Walsh 12|
|25 Oliver Risser||Sergio Torres 8|
|17 Matt Ball||Conor Clifford 10|
|24 Patrick Agyemang||John Akinde 17|
|20 Robbie Rogers||Nicholas Ajose 14|
|15 Luke Freeman||Jonte Smith 23|
|Darius Charles for Miguel Comminges (75)||Joe Walsh for Claude Davis (46)|
|Luke Freeman for Lee Hills (75)||John Akinde for Nicky Adams (89)|
|Patrick Agyemang for Marcus Haber (83)|
|Hope Akpan (58)|
|· Squads: Stevenage | Crawley Town|