Crawley Town 3, Leeds United 0 - player ratings: Nadesan and defence lead the way in FA Cup shock

Crawley Town produced one of the great FA Cup shocks against Premier League Leeds United as the Red Devils progressed into the fourth round of the competition.

Sunday, 10th January 2021, 4:24 pm

Two goals early in the second half from Nick Tsaroulla and Ashley Nadeson followed by a close range effort from Jordan Tunnicliffe handed John Yems a memorable victory over Marcelo Bielsa, but who else shone for the Red Devils? Here is how journalism student Sam Cox rated the Reds. You can read Coren Blackburn's match report here

Crawley Town players celebrate the opener. Picture by UK Sports Images Ltd
The 37-year-old didn’t have a great deal to do throughout the entirety of the match, but looked confident and solid when called upon. Produced a fantastic save with his feet to deny Ian Poveda in the 15th minute with the score line level.
After initially dealing with Poveda and Helder Costa well during the opening exchanges, it looked like a potentially long afternoon as the tricky wingers found their feet. However, Francomb responded impressively, while showing clear leadership throughout.
Another of Yems’s heroic defenders. Craig stood tall at the back and dealt with anything Leeds through at him. Was slightly fortuitous midway through the first half when he appeared to pull down Rodrigo inside the box which was unseen by the officials.
A goal and a clean sheet against Premier League opposition, afternoons may not get much better for Tunnicliffe. During the first half, the former Barnsley defender was defensively strong in the air, and calmly fired the ball into the roof of the net in the second half when the ball fell at his feet following Kiko Casilla’s tame save.
Despite playing in unfamiliar surroundings at left-back, the conventional central defender never looked out of place. He dealt well with Leeds’s threat down the wings throughout, and provided accurate diagonal passes to the front-line.
One of the stars of the show. Tsaroulla showed the energy and confidence of someone who plies their trade in a higher division. His opener was arguably the pick of the bunch.
Powell’s performance may not grab the headlines but he did the dirty work well for the Red Devils. Looked comfortable in possession, and nullified the threat of Jamie Shackleton.
Another of Crawley’s unsung heroes, Hessenthaler was able alleviated Leeds’s pressure during the first half by trying to drive forward when given the ball.
Looked to cause Leeds problems by continually driving at the heart of Bielsa’s side’s defence. Consistently asked questions of the Premier League outfit in the second half and was taken off on 71 minutes.
Undoubtedly Crawley Town’s man of the match. His pace and power caused Leeds problems, especially during the second half. Doubled the hosts lead.
No stranger to an FA Cup shock after featuring for Exeter City in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool in 2016. Was unfortunate not to score in the first half. Provided the assist to Nadeson’s strike.
Archie Davies 7; Max Watters 7; Josh Wright 7, Mark Wright 7, Josh Doherty 7