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Fratton Park (ATT 13,169) 26th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Portsmth Portsmouth vs Crawley Town Crawley

Portsmth 1

P Benson (11)

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Crawley 2

N Adams (28)
B Clarke (73)

Red Devils edge poor Pompey

Last Updated: 26/12/12 7:36pm

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Clarke: Netted the winner

Clarke: Netted the winner

Crawley came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Portsmouth and extend the Blues' winless run to 11 matches.

Pompey took the lead at Fratton Park for the first time since they beat Shrewsbury 3-1 on October 20 when Paul Benson converted Scott Allan's cross after 10 minutes.

The visitors missed a golden opportunity to equalise when Hope Akpan headed Nicky Adams' cross straight at Pompey goalkeeper Simon Eastwood after 26 minutes.

But the Red Devils got back on level terms two minutes later when Mat Sadler's free-kick from the right-hand side evaded the home defence and drifted into the bottom corner of the net.

Crawley snatched victory after 73 minutes when Adams whipped in a wicked ball from the left and Billy Clarke fired home from three yards out.

Pompey substitute Lee Williamson had the ball in the net with a minute left but referee Roger East had already blown his whistle for a free-kick to the visitors.

Crawley goalkeeper Paul Jones produced a brilliant save to tip over Darel Russell's flicked header in the third minute of stoppage time.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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2 Milton Keynes Dons 32 62
3 Swindon Town 32 60
4 Preston North End 31 59
5 Sheffield United 31 52
6 Bradford City 31 45
7 Doncaster Rovers 32 45
8 Fleetwood Town 32 44
9 Oldham Athletic 31 43
10 Chesterfield 32 42
11 Gillingham 32 42
12 Port Vale 32 42
13 Rochdale 30 41
14 Walsall 32 41
15 Peterborough United 32 41
16 Barnsley 32 41
17 Scunthorpe United 31 40
18 Notts County 31 38
19 Crewe Alexandra 32 38
20 Colchester United 32 34
21 Coventry City 31 33
22 Crawley Town 32 33
23 Leyton Orient 31 32
24 Yeovil Town 32 29