Crawley Town 2-1 Derby County
The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON
Third Round Proper
8pm, Monday 10 January 2011
The Broadfield Stadium, Crawley Town FC
Live on ESPN
Winning clubs will receive £67,500 from The FA's prize fund
Full list of Third Round results
Conference club Crawley Town, once just an hour away from going out of business, booked their place in The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Fourth Round Proper for the first time in their history with a stunning injury time win over Championship side Derby County.
In a weekend of dreams for a number of the lower league clubs, Crawley completed the fairytale with a dramatic, late win of their own to set up a Fourth Round tie against Torquay United.
Derby were gifted an opportunity to take the lead after just eight minutes when Derby captain Robbie Savage broke up a Crawley attack before showing an unexpected turn of pace and using the outside of his ride foot to guide a defence splitting pass into the path of Chris Porter. Out rushed Crawley goalkeeper Michel Kuipers to seemingly up-end Porter and give Derby the opportunity to break the deadlock from the penalty spot. Kris Commons stepped up but his effort lacked any conviction and was saved by Kuipers.
Matt Tubbs, Crawley's prolific striker, turned provider on 26 minutes. A penetrating run down the left channel proved fruitless but a clever cut-back on to his right foot allowed the striker to deliver a pinpoint cross onto the head of right-winger Scott Neilson whose effort skimmed the crossbar.
Crawley snatched the lead on 28 minutes by utilising the gale forced winds at The Broadfield Stadium. Kuipers lofted a goal kick over a dawdling Derby defence that fell to Craig McAllister. The 30-year-old Scotsman pulled the trigger, from an acute angle to the right of Stephen Bywater’s goal, into the net to give the home side the lead.
The biggest talking point before the interval was a reckless challenge from Tubbs on Savage that earned the Crawley forward a caution.
The tie was levelled after 62 minutes when Miles Addison headed in a perfectly delivered free kick from Kris Commons. Addison has had a torrid time with injuries recently and deserved his goal after working tirelessly for an hour, in a Derby team that failed to provide him with much service before Commons’ cross.
In the final seconds a neat Crawley move ended in an effort from Sergio Torres that was tipped over by Bywater. A fantastically well-worked corner by Dean Howell found Torres unmarked on the edge of the box and he rifled home to send his side into raptures and into the Fourth Round.
Kuipers, Wilson, Mills, Howell, McFadzean; Smith (Cook, 90+3), Torres, Bulman, Neilson (Hunt, 73). Tubbs, McAllister (67 Brodie).
Substitutes not used Shearer, Rents, Napper.
Bywater, Brayford, Roberts (93 Davies), Barker, Addison; Green, Savage (84 Moxey), Bailey, Pringle (62 Cywka); Commons, Porter
Substitutes not used Deeney, Leacock, Buxton, Bueno.
Referee Mark Haywood
Crawley Town 2-1 Derby County