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Checkatrade.com Stadium (ATT 3,900) 13th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Lewis

Crawley Crawley Town vs Coventry City Coventry

Crawley 2

B Clarke (15)
C Essam (60)

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Billy Whizz sets up Crawley

Last Updated: 13/04/13 6:58pm

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Billy Clarke: Broke the deadlock

Billy Clarke: Broke the deadlock

Goals in each half from Billy Clarke and Connor Essam helped Crawley Town to a 2-0 home victory over Coventry City.

Former Sheffield United striker Clarke had a goal-bound shot parried by goalkeeper Joe Murphy early on before firing Crawley ahead in the 15th minute.

A free-kick on the edge of the penalty area by Nicky Adams was worked to Clarke and his deflected low shot wrong-footed Murphy.

The hosts threatened again midway through the first half when a dangerous cross by Clarke was headed over by Mat Sadler.

Coventry skipper Carl Baker forced Crawley goalkeeper Paul Jones to parry his free-kick and came close again moments before the break when Jones palmed away his goalbound shot.

The match was played in constant rain and it was difficult for both sides on a heavy pitch at the Broadfield Stadium.

But former Gillingham defender Essam sealed victory in the 59th minute with his first goal for the club, bundling the ball home from close range following a corner by Adams.

Coventry never threatened to launch a comeback as they slid to their third successive away defeat.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12