Crawley Town beat Salford City: Nichols carries on form but it's Morris who shows his class again - player ratings

We rate the players as Crawley Town battled to an impressive 1-0 win against Salford City at the People’s Pension Stadium.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 9:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 9:44 pm
Glenn Morris shone again for the Reds

It wasn’t pretty, but if you want a definition of a professional win this was it....Here Jack Butler rates the Crawley Town players.

Different level - again. Multiple saves throughout, including a hat-trick of 1v1’s and a neat stop to deny Ian Henderson from close range. Morris was brave, and as always classy between the sticks.
Looked to struggle with Salford’s left winger Ash Hunter, but worked hard to keep him out of the game as much as possible. Decent performance all round from the right-back.
Constantly organising the defensive line which was vital as Salford pushed forward in search of an equaliser. Immense at the back.
Apart from a miscued clearance than spun across the six yard box, Tunnicliffe was solid again. Paired with McNerney, the two look to be enjoying their time in the first team.
Playing out of position at left-back, Francomb won pretty much everything against a bright Salford attacking unit. Most of the oppositions’ attacks came through Brandon Asante, but the skilful attacker couldn’t get past the Red skipper.
Why Orient let this guy go on loan I have no clue. He is absolute class. Lovely bit of play through as he jinked one way then the other to leave the Salford left back on the turf. Picked out Nadesan well for the a header that was disallowed.
Solid against a very strong Salford midfield, did well to cope when Crawley were outnumbered. Lovely balls forward to start Crawley’s counters in the second half and didn’t stop running. Not once.
Worked hard in centre again, and was key as Crawley were able to preserve their lead. Soaked up so much pressure as Salford dominated the ball. Really good night for Hessenthaler as he provided a much-needed shield for the Crawley defence.
Wide left of the midfield four and showed good touches when breaking infield. Missed a sitter on the hour mark as Nadesan found him unmarked. The youngster was subbed on the 70 minute mark, but showed signs he is starting to become a really promising addition.
Had the run on the Salford centre-backs throughout, but missed a glorious chance when he broke through in the opening ten minutes. Few chances in the second half, but was immense in giving Crawley a focal point.
After a long punt downfield by Morris, Nichols muscled through the Salford defence. Battled past one, jinked past the other Salford centre-back, before tapping in the rebound off a well saved effort. Three goals in four games now for Nichols. He is quality.
Won the ball with a few challenges in the middle. Provided another body in the middle, and helped Crawley protect their one goal lead.
Worked hard down the left as Salford pressed on. Lost the ball a few times, but was brought on to shore that side up and he did it effectively.