Crawley fans celebrate by invading the pitch after Ollie Palmer's winning penalty
Here's how we rated Reds' heroric men.
Fantastic save with his feet to keep out Sam Vokes after 17 minutes. The striker was subsequently ruled as offside but the keeper wouldn't have known that. Couldn't have done much to stop Stoke's scrappy opener and largely untroubled from then on. Picture courtesy of Crawley Town FC
Almost provided the spark for an equaliser after combining superbly with Ollie Palmer and Reece Grego-Cox on the right. The latter couldn't quite get the ball from under his feet after being played in by Sesay. The defender kept going in the same vain, though, and provided an assist for Nathan Ferguson soon after.Continued to provide a threat down the wing all night.
Part of a defence which restricted Stoke to very few chances of note but a moment's lapse of concentration cost a goal.
Mostly solid but should have got the ball clear before Stoke scored a scrappy opener. A lapse in communication with MichaelLuyambula also could have proved more costly. Fine sliding challenge thwarted a goal scoring opportunity for Stoke early on in the second half.
Solid in defence but didn't offer as much in attack as fellow full-back Sesay. Played a couple of poor deliveriesearly in the second half but improved as it progressed.
Mostly his normal cool and composed self but was rightly booked for a cynical challenge early on. Meant he had to play it safe for the remainder of the game to avoid leaving his team a man down.
Looked up for it from the moment the game kicked off and came close after just a few minutes with a fine, long-range effort. Took his goal really well shortly before half time to make the most of Crawley's excellent response to going behind.
Kept up his impressive form, turning defence into attack single handedly on a number of occasions. Was also willing to track back. He was the stand-out performer, particularly in the second half. Unlucky to be booked for a challenge on Danny Batth.
Superb first half performance which epitomised everything Crawley have been so far this season. He was tireless and had a never say die attitude. Kept up the same tenacity in the second half, drawing a red-card earning challenge by Nathan Collins.
Quiet first halfby his standards but he didn't step a foot wrong and tracked back when needed. Was more involved in the second half and caused Stoke's defenders more than a few problems. The match sponsors, perhaps surprisingly, gave the forward the man-of-the-match award over Grego-Cox.
Was more of a play-maker in the first half but got his first real chance moments after the restart, finding himself through one-on-one. He was beaten for pace by the tracking defender, though, and had a penalty appeal rightly waved away. It was the first of many chances for Palmer but he couldn't quite find the net. That proved irrelevant though, as he went on to scorer the winning penalty to send the fans wild in the terraces.