Crawley Town pick up precious three points at Port Vale

Izale McLeod scored Crawley's second. Picture by Jon Rigby
Izale McLeod scored Crawley's second. Picture by Jon Rigby

Crawley Town picked up a precious three points as they beat Port Vale 3-2 away from home.

Crawley Town made it two wins in two and jumped above Leyton Orient.

Louis Dodds gave Port Vale the lead after just four minutes before Anthony Wordsworth equalised on two minutes before the break

But Dodds grabbed his second on 45 minutes giving the home side a 2-1 lead at half-time.

Izale McLeod made it 2-2 on 56 minutes before Richard Wood secured back-to-back away wins in the 69th minute.

The result means Reds are now two points from safety and according to Dean Saunders need three more wins from their last nine matches to be sure of staying up.

Wordsworth was again the creator with a corner from the right which Wood met with a thumping header from eight yards that gave Neal no chance.

Reds made the worst possible start as they failed to deal with a corner from the right which dropped to the unmarked Dodds in the six-yard box and he had space to turn and lash the ball past a helpless Lewis Price.

Vale dominated early on, boosted by their early goal, and Colin Daniel wasn’t far away with a shot from the edge of the box on nine minutes.

Reds gradually began to work their way back into the contest without creating any clear-cut opportunities. Gavin Tomlin moved inside from his position on the right to try and give his side more control in midfield and gradually the visitors began to threaten.

Izale McLeod was desperately close on 41 minutes when Wordsworth’s pass found him on the right-hand side of the area and his volley was deflected wide for a corner, which the hosts cleared.

But three minutes later Crawley were level. Lee Fowler won possession in midfield and picked out Ryan Dickson’s run into the box on the left. He squared it to Wordsworth who fired past Chris Neal with the aid of a deflection.

On the balance of play it was no more than Reds deserved but deep into stoppage-time they conceded a bad second goal when Dodds was able to pick his spot from close range after being found unmarked by Mark Marshall’s pass.

Reds regrouped at the break and after Mathias Pogba had failed to get his shot away from a good position they drew level on 54 minutes.

Wordsworth whipped in a great free-kick which Wood headed on to McLeod whose header from 12 yards looped over Neal and in underneath the bar.

Now the momentum was with the visitors and they deservedly went in front on 69 minutes. Wordsworth was again the creator with a corner from the right which Wood met with a thumping header from eight yards that gave Neal no chance.

Just as they had at Colchester on Saturday, Reds had to withstand late pressure with substitute Ben Williamson heading wide in stoppage-time as the home side won a barrage of corners.