Crawley Town began their third season in the Football League strongly after they prevailed victorious over Coventry City with a 3-2 win at the Broadfield Stadium.

The Reds started off the match the stronger of the two sides despite the atmosphere being completely filled with a strong chorus from the Sky Blue supporters. 

Crawley's defence had to fight off a few early attacks, but the threats were dealt with comfortably as central defender Kyle McFadzean showed his importance to the small Reds side through the crucial blocks and headers he made.

Young Reds striker Jamie Proctor weaved magic as he neatly dribbled the ball past two Coventry midfielders and unleashed a well-struck shot from just outside the box which left goalkeeper Joe Murphy well beaten. 

A sublime goal from the young lad which will certainly be a contender for goal of the month.

Reds kept the pressure on as they kept pushing forward. There could have been a second goal for Crawley a few minutes later as Nicky Adams whipped in an inswinging corner that was pushed tentatively onto the post by Murphy. 

But a second did come for Crawley; another corner by Adams found defender Joe Walsh at the back post allowing him to tuck a neat header into the corner of the net leaving the keeper helpless.

Just on the half-hour mark a fair number of Coventry fans interrupted the game by running onto the pitch as they felt the referee had been poor in his decision making. 

It was an unsporting act by the fans but they were soon dealt with by the police.

Paul Jones had made some good saves earlier on in the match, but just before half time he was called into action again as a beautifully weighted ball from the midfield put Conor Thomas through with just the keeper to beat. 

But Jones came out and closed down the space quickly allowing him to stop Thomas' shot well.

The second half did not begin well for Coventry either, defender Jordan Willis misjudged a clearance by sliding in too early; allowing Matt Sadler to run clean through to the edge of the box. 

Unfortunately the full-back pulled the ball too far behind Gary Alexander, who was running into the box, which allowed the attack to fizzle out.

However the 58th minute marked a turning point in the game. An initial shot was saved by Jones but the ball wasn't cleared successfully allowing Franck Moussa to cut the ball back across the box for Callum Wilson to fire into an empty net. 

There were appeals in the build up that Moussa had pulled back the defender trying to tackle him but the referee was not interested.

Up until the goal the Reds had dominated but now they were beginning to feel the pressure.

Reds goalscorer Jamie Proctor was replaced by new signing Andy Drury in the 77th minute which meant Alexander had to fulfil the role of striker on his own.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes Coventry capitalised on the pressure they had been building. 

A Coventry corner was not dealt with properly as the ball was allowed to bounce to Sky Blues forward Moussa who smashed home from two yards out.

Crawley were now clearly on the back foot, and a Coventry winner looked possible.

However midfielder Mike Jones killed that possibility. 

Adams spotted Jones running forward and placed the ball neatly in behind the defence allowing Jones to run in on goal and slot cooly past the sprawled keeper, leaving the Reds with 6 minutes plus added time to defend their lead.

Crawley did manage to defend their lead successfully, though thanks can go to McFadzean for getting his body countless times behind the ball to see it safely away from the goal.

Crawley put the effort in and reaped the reward of three points in their opening game of their 2013/14 campaign, they well deserved the victory and hopefully can build on that performance in their next game.

Coventry however will have much to think about, both the fans and the players. The remain rock-bottom of the League on minus 10 points.

Crawley's next game is away to Cheltenham in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. 

 

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