Date:Monday January 10 2011
Attendance: 4, 145
Sergio Torres scored a dramatic winner in injury time to give Blue Square side Crawley Town a 2-1 victory against Derby County in a shock result at the Broadfield Stadium. An early penalty miss from Kris Commons came back to haunt The Rams on a wet and windy evening in West Sussex as their opponents took the lead through a scrappy goal from Craig McAllister and enjoyed the majority of the chances in the opening period. Miles Addison powered home a header just after the hour mark to level the tie which looked destined for replay until Torres` intervention in the first minute of added time. A low corner found the Argentinean in yards of space on the edge of the area and he crashed home the winner through a crowded six yard box and spark delirious celebrations.
Mile Addison came in for his first start in nearly a year and Ben Pringle and Gareth Roberts were also named in the starting line-up with places on the bench for Steve Davies and Jake Buxton. Crawley started brightly and forced a corner inside the first thirty seconds which Paul Green hacked to safety and The Rams had a great opportunity to take the lead with their first attack of the match on eight minutes. Robbie Savage played an excellent ball in behind the Crawley defence for Chris Porter who went down under a challenge from Michel Kuipers with the referee pointing to the spot. Kris Commons took the resulting spot kick but it was a poor effort straight down the middle and Kuipers saved with his legs with Gareth Roberts unable to do anything with the rebound and the ball eventually went behind for a corner that came to nothing.
Crawley had their tails up and were making the most of the blustery conditions playing with the wind at their backs and Stephen Bywater touched a long range effort from Glenn Wilson over the bar after a quarter of an hour. The home side were creating what chances there were in a scrappy half and Scott Neilson headed a Matt Tubbs cross across against the top of the bar when he perhaps should have done better from ten yards. A long clearance from Kuipers on the half hour mark was let bounce by the Derby backline causing chaos and after a short scramble the ball broke for Craig McAllister who fired across Bywater into the far corner to give Crawley the lead. Things were getting a little heated on the pitch and Tubbs was shade fortunate to escape with only a yellow card for a two footed lunge on Savage in the closing stages with Derby`s captain still arguing with the referee as the sides went off at the break.
The conditions weren`t getting any better with the rain and swirling wind making it difficult for The Rams to get going although a ball forward from John Brayford found Chris Porter who advanced on goal before forcing Kuipers into a low save to block his effort. Crawley came back at the other end and Tubbs and Neilson were both denied by Bywater to keep his side in the match. Tomasz Cywka came on for Ben Pringle just after the hour mark and he was involved in the build-up to the equaliser when he was fouled wide on the right. Kris Commons swung over an inviting free kick and Miles Addison powered a header past Kuipers from close range to put his side level.
Derby were certainly giving a better account of themselves in the second period but were unable to trouble Kuipers further and Crawley were looking to win the game in the final stages. Sergio Torres had an effort headed over the bar by Paul Green when the ball broke to him on the edge of the area and it was the Argentinean who had the final say in the match in added-on time. A low corner from the left caught The Rams with virtually everyone within ten yards of the goal and Torres stroked home unchallenged from just inside the area to spark wild celebrations in front of the home fans. Steve Davies was introduced after the goal but despite another three minutes of added time his side couldn`t threaten Kuipers in the home goal and the Blue Square side took their place in Round Four.
Crawley Town: Kuipers. Smith (Cook 90), Torres, Tubbs, McAllister (Brodie 68), Bulman, Wilson, Mills, Howell, Neilson (Hunt 74), McFadzean
Subs: Rents, Napper, Shearer
Derby County: Bywater, Green, Roberts (Davies 90), Barker, Brayford, Addison, Savage (Moxey 85), Bailey, Commons, Pringle (Cywka 62), Porter
Subs: Deeney, Leacock, Buxton, Bueno
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Date:Monday January 10 2011
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