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19 February 2011
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 74778
W. Brown 28'
90' + 2'
CRAWLEY HIT THE CROSSBAR! I can't believe what I'm seeing. Crawley win a corner and the ball goes to the backpost to be met by Brodie, who loops a header onto the top of the crossbar. Unbelievable.
Yellow CardWayne Rooney
Rooney is lucky to still be on the pitch after he deliberately clatters into the back of David Hunt and is booked by Probert. Really needless from the England man and that does nothing to better his image to the Crawley fans who have booed him since his introduction.
Wayne Rooney has just summed up United's casual performance by taking a foul throw deep in Crawley's half. United just haven't appeared in the second period, but luckily for them Crawley haven't been able to take advantage.
Crawley are gifted another free-kick in shooting range , this time Tubbs steps up and fires a decent shot well over the bar. Two wasted opportunities from the underdogs.
Yellow CardWes Brown
It's amazing to say but Crawley have been by far the better of the two sides in this second half. The Premier League leaders have been extremely poor and have allowed Crawley to gain some belief to get an equaliser. Sir Alex Ferguson looked relaxed in the first half, but as the camera cuts to the United boss with ten minutes left, he looks far from comfortable!
Chris Smalling clumsily gifts Crawley a free-kick thirty yards from goal. Howell steps up and elects to shoot instead of cross. It's the wrong decision though as he slips and balloons his effort well over the bar, to the frustration of his team-mates and manager.
So close to 1-1 yet again! It's all Crawley at the moment. Jamie Cook's cross causes all sorts of trouble in the penalty area before the ball eventually falls for Tubbs, who tries a spectacular overhead kick, which deflects off the head of Wes Brown and sails over the crossbar. Even more frustrating for Crawley is the fact that referee Lee Probert awarded the home side a goal-kick.
That was the chance! Richard Brodie makes a great run down the left before swinging in a cross that is met by the unmarked David Hunt. Unfortunately for Hunt it lands on his weaker foot and he can't find the target with his left foot volley. That was his moment, and unfortunately for him its passed him by!
Bebe has had a game to forget this evening, and sums it up by running the ball out of play down the left-hand side.
Fabio Da Silva
The games pace has dropped in the last few minutes. The Blue Square Premier League side are tiring and United are keeping possession better than they were at the start of the half.
Crawley's travelling contigent are having the time of their lives up high in the Gods of Old Trafford. Sarcastically cheering every touch from both sides. They deserve a goal from their side with support like that!
Rooney can't quite replicate his exploits of the Manchester derby as he attempts an optimistic curling effort from 25 yards. The England centre-forward shifts the ball onto his trusty right-foot but can't keep the ball down and his shot drifts high into the Stretford End.
Chris Smalling, the man who went from non-league Maidstone to Manchester United has taken his place alongside O'Shea at the heart of United's defence. His first duty was to deal with Tubbs who was running through on goal, which he did with consumate ease.
Argentine Sergio Torres gallops forward and Tubbs is screaming at the playmaker to play him through on goal, but Torres hesistates, and pays for it when he overruns the ball and clatters into Rafael, recieving a deserved yellow card.
Yellow CardSergio Torres
It's been an eight minutes of nearly moments for Crawley Town. Steve Evan's side have made great strides in United's half but the ball just hasn't fallen for them at the vital time in the penalty area. Nervy times for the home support!
Half chance for Ben Smith as a long throw-in drops to the edge of the box, landing at the feet of Crawley's number seven. Smith's volley was well struck but the sea of United bodies in the penalty area blocked his effort. Well hit volley though!
Bright start from Crawley in the opening minutes of the second half. Hoisting numerous long balls into the United area that troubled the Reds' defence for a moment. Wes Brown eventually headed the ball clear but Crawley look pumped up for this second half in what is the biggest day in the clubs history.
The second half is underway. If this task wasn't hard enough for Crawley, Wayne Rooney has replaced Anderson and it looks like United will switch to a more traditional 4-4-2 formation, with Rooney partnering Hernandez in attack.
Matt Monaghan reports live from Old Trafford: "Slight worry for United as team walk off the pitch. Right-back Rafael stay sat on the floor for a few seconds before he slowly started trudging off. Could be one to watch in the second half."
45' + 1'
HALF TIME. MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 CRAWLEY TOWN. Crawley did well to hold United until 28 minutes, but it's Wes Brown's header that is the difference between the two sides. Crawley have put up a good fight but United haven't really got out of first gear and they still look very comfortable. There's still hope for the non-league side though, but it will take something very special for them to get anything out of this one.
Howell once again finds space down the left but this time he's outclassed by Anderson who outmuscles Howell and lets the ball run out for a United goal kick. Experienced play from the Brazilian.
Crawley's left-sided player Dean Howell has been one of his teams most promising players this evening, putting in some fantastic crosses from the left-hand side. None of his team-mates have got on the end of them yet, but the former League 1 player has certainly shown a touch of class so far.
Gabriel Obertan and Fabio link up well down the left-hand side, playing a neat one two before Fabio clips in a cross towards Hernandez. The Mexican gets infront of his defender but can only fire a stretched effort well wide. The referee awards United a corner despite replays showing it was clearly a goal kick to Crawley. Luckily for referee Lee Probert the corner comes to nothing.
It should be two nil to Sir Alex Ferguson's men. Gibson shows his range of passing once again by threading through an inch perfect pass to Fabio who looks certain to at least hit the target, but the Brazilian full-back can only toe poke his effort wide of Kuipers near post. Should have done much better there.
Matthew Monaghan is our man at Old Trafford today, here's what he has to say about the opening half an hour of this one: "Crawley Town assistant manager Paul Raynor has been belloiwng instructions none stop to his troops from kick-off. The goal hasn't fazed him and he is gesticulating and advising his players how to get back into a game they dont deserve to be behind in."
GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED!! BROWN!! MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 CRAWLEY TOWN. Crawley's rearguard has been broken down after keeping United at bay for 28 minutes. Darren Gibson whips in a superb cross for Wes Brown, who only has to glance the ball past goalkeeper Kuipers into the right-hand corner. Superb delivery from Gibson and now Crawley will have to hope the floodgates don't open.
Really not much happening in this one. Neither side has created a clear cut chance and both goalkeepers have only had to collect tame crosses from the opposition. Crawley will be loving this, but the patience of the home fans is being tested by United's casual approach to this cup tie.
Wes Brown shows Tubbs his Premier League class by beating the striker not once, not twice, but three times near his own corner flag. Classy stuff from the England defender.
The Non-League side make a rare venture forward which results in Tubb's winning a throw-in near the corner flag off Wes Brown. Hunt launches a throw into the area that Rory Delap would be proud of, but United's defence manage to clear the ball away from danger.
The home fans are beginning to show signs of frustration as United are being very wasteful in possession.
Javier Hernandez gives Crawley's defence a warning sign of how dangerous he can be. He pulls away from the last defender and he is clean through on goal, only to see the linesman raise his flag for offside. Replays show he was slightly offside, but only just.
Almost one of the most spectacular goals in FA Cup history. The ball set up beautifully for Ben Smith, andhe decided to try his luck from all of thirty yards, his looping effort had Anders Lindegaard worried for a moment but Smith's effort drifted a few feet wide of his left hand post.
Striker Matt Tubbs, the man who fired Crawley into this round is running his socks off in attack. United's centre-back pairing of Wes Brown and John O'Shea are keeping possession very well in defence, forcing Tubbs and his team-mates to chase United shadows around the pitch.
The 9,000 Crawley fans that have made the long journey north to Manchester are singing their hearts out, drowning out the quiet home support. It's been a quiet start so far and Crawley will hope that this can continue for as long as possible!
United win an early corner which Anderson whips in from the right-hand side. It comes to nothing but a sign that Crawley's defence will have their work cut out today!
Crawley get us underway attacking from right to left wearing white shirts and red shorts. United line up in their traditional red shirts, white shorts and black socks.
Crawley are doing their best to keep United at bay, but their spirit seems to have been dented since Brown's opening goal. They're keeping with their long-ball tactics hoping to find an opportunity from a set-piece, but United aren't giving them any space to create an opening. Credit to Brown and O'Shea for an experienced defensive performance so far.
The teams make their way onto the pitch to a rather subdued Old Trafford atmosphere, however the travelling Crawley Town fans are making themselves heard. This is their day and they will be dreaming of a historic result this evening!
FULL TEAMS: Man Utd: Lindegaard, Rafael Da Silva, Brown, O'Shea, Fabio Da Silva, Carrick, Anderson, Gibson, Bebe, Hernandez, Obertan. Subs: Kuszczak, Rooney, Smalling, Fletcher, King, Pogba, Tunnicliffe. Crawley Town: Kuipers, Hunt, Mills, McFadzean, Howell, Gibson, Smith, Bulman, Torres, Tubbs, McAllister. Subs: Shearer, Rusk, Rents, Wilson, Cook, Napper, Brodie. Referee: Lee Probert 0
Hello and welcome to www.goal.com's coverage of tonight's FA Cup fifth round clash between Manchester United and Crawley Town live from Old Trafford. Team news to follow shortly.
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