11 Jan THE WEEKEND REVIEW
Posted at 13:21h in News
CRAWLEY TOWN TAKE BIGGEST SCALP…
Sussex was awash with red as the Red Devils of Crawley town welcomed Premier League Leeds Utd in the third round of the FA Cup, but it was the League two side Crawley that gave a footballing lesson to the top tier Leeds.
Running out 3-0 winners and booking their place into the fourth round Crawley dominated possession in the second half creating more chances and showing they were more than a match to their superior opposition.
This by far was Crawley’s biggest win in their history, 62 places in the football pyramid separated these two sides but that looked anything but in the second half.
A tight goalless first half gave Crawley every chance of getting a result from the game and that lead to a strong belief early in the second half in their ability to start to trouble Leeds.
Crawley pounced on the Premier League side early scoring in the 50th minute with fine run and finish from Nick Tsaroulla who was cast aside as youngster from Tottenham and overcame a horrific car crash that saw him absent from the game for over a year.
That was soon followed up quickly to make it 2-0 with Nadesan breaking down the right wing running onto a through ball to strike close home beating the hapless Leeds keeper on his near post with a little help from a bobble on the pitch.
Crawley booked their path to the fourth round and a chance to take on another big side from the Premier League in emphatic style making it 3-0 on 70 minutes with a free kick whipped into the box and Leeds failed to clear seeing Tunnicliffe stab home from close range.
Crawley even had the time for celebrity Mark Wright who recently signed for the club to make his debut coming on in the 72minute to mark a long round back to professional football for the only way is Essex and radio star who was also released from Spurs as a youngster.
Once the final whistle blew it began to sink into the Crawley players and staff just what that had achieved in 90 minutes and how larger than life Crawley boss John Yems had picked his whit’s again Marcelo Bielsa.
“You’ve got to enjoy these days,” Yems told BBC Sport. “These players have got a lot to prove to the clubs who have released them and we showed what we can do against a really good side in Leeds.
“I’ve been telling the lads to go out and enjoy tonight, but you can’t go out anywhere so that shows how up to date I am!” laughed Yems,
“It wasn’t me versus Bielsa. He does what he does and I do what I do. He was very complimentary afterwards but I suppose if you lose 3-0 you can’t do anything but.”
“A few people have asked ‘what am I doing signing those?'” said Yems about Tsaroulla and top scorer Max Watters.
“But sometimes you get these lads who want a second chance, and they come on and perform like that, and it is brilliant for them, because they’ve had enough knocks so let them enjoy the moment.”
All the best,