The third round of the FA Cup took a surprising turn after Sergio Torres’ injury-time goal handed Crawley a miracle win over Championship side Derby.
The chance for Derby to take the lead was lost when a goalkeep Michel Kuipers saved a penalty taken by Kris Commons.
Craig McAllister snuck in a goal from eight yards and put Crawley ahead with a quick header from Miles Addison equalising the score.
Torres boots one in from the corner to hand Crawley victory on a plate giving them a fourth-round tie at Torquay.
With the reflection on how the game could have gone differently if they had scored the 10th minute spot-kick for most of the Derby squad, this given after the Dutch keeper was given the label of clipping the legs of Porter, even if it did look harmless.
Commons of Derby came back giving a quick kick at Kuipers. I think I can speak for the entire audience that punishment had be given.
Blue Square Bet Premier side Crawley Town seemed to cope much better with the miserable weather conditions and gave themselves many more chances than what should have been the more superior side in this match.
Within the half-hour mark the side took their deserved lead with the weather contributing to the build up.
Derby’s defence seemed to be a bit baffled by Kuiper’s ambitious kick, taken a bit further by the wind, but Scot McAllister managed to sweep in and take control after John Brayford failed to clear.
A second goal nearly came soon after but one of Derby’s better performers of the night Ben Prngle denied the goal with a tremendous block that had most on the front of their seats.
With half time over, Tubbs, statistically Crawley’s top scorer force a save from Bywater before the keeper had to work repeatedly to keep out Scott Neilson’s determined effort.
After an earlier fired header against the bar by Neilson Crawley looked to add their own giant killing credit to the third round roll of honour.
But midway through the second half their hopes were dashed by a brilliant header from Addison took Commons’ right wing free kick in to the net.
It was Addison’s first goal of the campaign, having missed most of last season and much of this season with a foot problem.
It would have been a proud moment for Addison and his squad being his first goal of the campaign after missing most of last and a lot of this season because of his ongoing foot problem. With the clock ticking and everyone thinking a return trip will be added to the calendar Dean Howell crossed a low left-wing corner in to Torres who slots it in from 20 yards.