March 29, 2013
Crawley held up by battling Stevenage
Crawley's play-off challenge took a dent at the Broadfield Stadium where Stevenage battled for 63 minutes with 10 men to earn a creditable 1-1 draw.
Boro had defender Miguel Comminges sent-off for a second bookable offence before caretaker player-manager Mark Roberts headed the visitors in front five minutes before the break.
Roberts struck at the far post after a free-kick from Luke Freeman was helped on by David Gray.
Crawley levelled 10 minutes after the break through midfielder Matt Sparrow who fired into the bottom corner following a pass from Paul Hayes.
Stevenage keeper Steve Arnold made superb late saves from substitute Billy Clarke and Hayes as Crawley were held to a fifth draw in their last six games.
In-form Crawley striker Jamie Proctor should have given his side the lead after only three minutes when he blazed over from a good position after beating two defenders.
Crawley keeper Paul Jones was later forced to make a good block with his legs from a goal-bound shot by Freeman.
The hosts had a let-off on 25 minutes when Jones could only parry a shot from Robin Shroot and Marcus Haber put the rebound wide.
|1 Paul Jones||1 Steven Arnold|
|3 Mathew Sadler||22 Miguel Comminges|
|12 Joe Walsh||14 Mark Roberts|
|4 Mark Connolly||2 David Gray|
|2 Mustapha Dumbuya||29 Bondz Ngala|
|10 Matthew Sparrow||8 James Dunne|
|16 Nicky Adams||32 Robin Shroot|
|21 Mike Jones||35 Max Ehmer|
|11 Josh Simpson||11 Lucas Akins|
|28 Paul Hayes||9 Marcus Haber|
|14 Jamie Proctor||15 Luke Freeman|
|25 Johnny Maddison||Chris Day 16|
|13 David Hunt||Ben Chorley 33|
|6 Connor Essam||Andy Iro 21|
|7 Billy Clarke||Anthony Grant 7|
|8 Sergio Torres||Filipe Morais 10|
|17 Jake Taylor||Steve Leo Beleck 28|
|20 Lateef Elford-Alliyu||David López 23|
|Billy Clarke for Mike Jones (67)||Anthony Grant for Robin Shroot (28)|
|Sergio Torres for Josh Simpson (82)||Filipe Morais for Lucas Akins (82)|
|Lateef Elford-Alliyu for Mathew Sadler (89)|
|Mathew Sadler (12)||Miguel Comminges (13)|
|Matthew Sparrow (30)||Filipe Morais (90)|
|Miguel Comminges (27)|
|· Squads: Crawley Town | Stevenage|