The Crawley Campaign
IT has been solid stuff from Crawley Town so far this season and their weekend win over Mansfield Town moved the Red Devils level on points with clubs in the play-off positions.
The campaign opened with an epic journey to Carlisle and Crawley came home with a 2-1 defeat. Beryly Lubula got their consolation but a disappointing day summed up by a late red card for Lewis Young.
Back on their own patch, Crawley responded with a 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Salford City. Lubula scored again, this time from the penalty spot, and Nathan Ferguson sealed the victory with a second-half strike.
The upward trend continued with a 3-2 win at Walsall in the Carabao Cup and then a battling 2-2 at Scunthorpe, with Lubula and Ferguson on target again. The incredible scoring form of Lubula showed no sign of stopping at home to Crewe but it was not enough to avoid a 2-1 home defeat.
Crawley then travelled to Leyton Orient and, despite another goal from Ferguson, found themselves 2-1 down going into the closing stages. Ollie Palmer intervened with two goals in three minutes and a valuable win for the Reds.
Lubula scored the goal in a famous win over Premier League Norwich City in the Carabao Cup and Palmer grabbed a last-minute winner at home to Cheltenham in the league four days later.
After a narrow loss at Portsmouth in the Leasing.com Trophy, Lubula scored a late equaliser to earn a point at Macclesfield and Crawley have a striker in sparkling form, as it was that man again scoring the weekend winner over Mansfield.