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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 17 36
2 Swindon Town 17 32
3 Preston North End 17 31
4 Notts County 16 29
5 Sheffield United 16 29
6 Milton Keynes Dons 14 27
7 Peterborough United 17 27
8 Rochdale 16 26
9 Oldham Athletic 17 26
10 Fleetwood Town 17 25
11 Barnsley 16 22
12 Port Vale 17 22
13 Bradford City 17 22
14 Chesterfield 17 21
15 Crawley Town 17 20
16 Walsall 17 19
17 Doncaster Rovers 15 18
18 Colchester United 17 17
19 Gillingham 17 17
20 Coventry City 17 17
21 Leyton Orient 17 16
22 Scunthorpe United 16 15
23 Crewe Alexandra 17 15
24 Yeovil Town 17 14