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MATCH REPORT: Crawley Town 3-1 Swindon Town

Tough day at the office for the Reds

19 March 2022

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Swindon Town were unable to continue their winning ways after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Crawley Town in the EFL Sky Bet League Two at The People's Pension Stadium this afternoon.

Despite the Reds enjoying a dominant start to proceedings, it was the home team who scored the first goal of the game thanks to Kwesi Appiah's header.

Josh Davison drew Town level after the break with a neat finish, but Tom Nichols' close-range finish gave Crawley the lead again and Isaac Hutchinson sealed the Reds' fate in stoppage time. 

Town Head Coach Ben Garner opted for three changes with Ryan East coming in for the suspended Louis Reed, while Jake O'Brien and Jack Payne also both came into the Starting XI.

Mathieu Baudry and Ricky Aguiar both dropped to the bench for the Reds, who were going in search of their third straight win.

It proved to be a good start for Town who were passing the ball about nicely, and they were able to carve out a couple of early chances.

Harry McKirdy fired a shot from distance way off-target before he picked out Jack Payne inside the box moments later with a cross, with the latter chesting the ball down in the path of Jonny Williams who thudded an effort wide of the post.

McKirdy did well to come across and beat his man before getting a shot away, which was easily dealt with by Crawley Goalkeeper, Glenn Morris. 

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While they were having to be patient, it was all one-way traffic as Town continued to try and score the opening goal of the game. 

Williams' attempted back-heel was cleared only as far as Ryan East who dug the ball out from under his feet before taking aim, with his shot being beaten away by Morris.

Ellis Iandolo nodded over from a corner after McKirdy's shot was blocked, before Jojo Wollacott had to be spring into action in order to deny Ashley Nadesan who was played through on goal by Jack Payne.

However, the hosts would succeed in taking the lead moments later thanks to Kwesi Appiah, who was in acres of space to nod home from James Tilley's cross into the box. 

Wollacott then produced a fine save to tip Will Ferry's decent effort around the post and, while Town attempted to break from the resulting corner, McKirdy's tame effort was no trouble for Morris with the hosts taking a slender lead in at the break. 

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HALF-TIME: CRAWLEY TOWN 1-0 SWINDON TOWN 

Town came out with real purpose to start the second-half as McKirdy forced Morris into a good save, with Payne putting the rebound into the side netting.

The equalising goal did arrive moments later, though, as Williams slipped through Josh Davison and the No. 9 did the rest by slotting home a cool finish past Morris. 

George Francomb nodded inches wide from a Tilley free-kick as the hosts looked to quickly reclaim the lead, before Town began to threaten again.

McKirdy led a rapid break forward, fed the ball to Iandolo who pumped a superb ball in and McKirdy looked to shoot on the turn, but his effort was blocked.

Jake O'Brien then sent a snapshot inches over from a corner, before Williams and Davison combined but Francillette was able to get back and clear the former's attempted chip off the line.

McKirdy dragged a shot wide and the inability to finish chances when on top came back to hurt Town, with Tom Nichols bundling home from close-range for Crawley after Isaac Hutchinson's shot was deflected on to the post.

Town then made a pair of subs as Jayden Mitchell-Lawson and Harry Parsons came on for Ryan East and Jonny Williams respectively, with Mitchell-Lawson having a golden opportunity to score the equaliser within seconds of coming in, but his shot was blocked on the line by Archie Davies.

Jake Hessenthaler sent a shot just wide for the hosts and Hutchinson dragged another effort past the post minutes later with the hosts trying to put the win away, a mission they completed when Hutchinson found the back of the net in stoppage time.

FINAL-SCORE: CRAWLEY TOWN 3-1 SWINDON TOWN 

TEAMS & STATS

CRAWLEY TOWN - Morris; Francomb (C), Powell (Isaac Hutchinson 12), Nichols, Nadesan (Mark Marshall 81), Tilley (Archie Davies 71) Francillette, Ferry, Appiah, Payne, Hessenthaler.

SUBS NOT USED - Adebowale, Seymour, Kastrati. 

SCORERS - Kwesi Appiah (29), Tom Nichols (73), Isaac Hutchinson (90). 

BOOKED - Ludwig Francillette, Mark Marshall.

SWINDON TOWN - Wollacott; Odimayo (Ricky Aguiar 74), Iandolo, Conroy (C), Davison, Payne, McKirdy, O'Brien, Williams (Harry Parsons 78), Hunt, East (Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 78).

SUBS NOT USED - Ward, Baudry, Egbo, Minturn.

SCORERS - Josh Davison (50). 

BOOKED - Harry McKirdy, Akin Odimayo.

Referee - Darren Handley.

Attendance - 2,777 (1,041 Away Fans). 


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