Crawley Town 2- 3 Walsall: How Reds rated in first league defeat since August

Walsall condemned Crawley to their first defeat in six league games at The People's Pension Stadium this afternoon, but how did the players fare?

Saturday, 28th September 2019, 6:05 pm
Gabriele Cioffi. Photo: Steve Robards

Here's how we rated each Crawley player, during their 3-2 home defeat.

Powerless to stop Clarke's powerful opener and Mcdonald's excellent, curling effort just before the break. Hard to say what else he could have done to stop Adebayo's goal from point blank range.Held firm in the second half
Beaten too easily by Wes Mcdonald in the build-up to Walsall's secondgoal and struggled to cope with Mcdonald on the left in the first half. Was a danger going forward, though.
Part of a defence which gave James Clarke far too much time to give the away side the lead.Set Crawley off on the wrong foot
Also failed to close down Clarke for the opener. It was an off-day for the usually impressive defender pairing, but there were improvements made in the second half.
Lewis Young - 5: Very quiet game from Young. Most of Walsall'sattacks were coming from the opposite side but he also provided little going forward.
Bulman was a passenger in the first half and struggled to impose himself on the game. Replaced by Josh Payne early in the second half.
Crawley's best player in the first half. A few excellenttouches and passes to set Crawley off on attack, combined with some good strong, defending. He fired wastefully wide early in the second half, when played in by a perfect Bez Lubala ball and faded away as the game went on
All running but little end product from one of Crawley's stand-out performers against Stoke in the week.
Everything good Crawley did involved Grego-Cox, putting Walsall's defence under pressure at most opportunitieshe got. He does seem to lack the final ball on occasions, though, and faded in the second half
Was one of Crawley's better players in the first half, scoring expertly from the spot too, but was surprisingly taken off at the break.
Good hold up play but struggled to test the goalkeeper all afternoon. He did well to draw a penalty from goalkeeper Roberts, though. Anonymous in the second half
Bez Lubala - 7: Instant impact off the bench. First he hit a powerful shot inches wide of the post, before playing a perfect ball in for Ferguson who wastefully missed the target. Was Reds' main threat from then on, coming close on a number of occasions. The game may have gone differently if Cioffi played him from the start.
Mostly quiet after replacing Bulman shortly after half-time but a fine, late strike gave Reds the faintest of hope of a unlikely come-back