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Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders hails 'result of season'

23 February 2015

Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders heaped praise on his injury-ravaged squad after they had pulled off the "result of the season" - a shock 2-1 triumph at promotion-chasing Swindon Town.

Gavin Tomlin's late winner - a stunning cross-shot from the right-hand side of the penalty box - won it for relegation threatened Crawley.

They fashioned only three shots in the entire game and, until Tomlin's winner, had been hanging on after a 60th-minute equaliser by Swindon's Andy Williams cancelled out an early strike from Anthony Wordsworth.

The win - Crawley's first on the road in the league since mid-August, but second consecutive victory on the back of a 5-1 drubbing of Barnsley - was achieved with 10 players unavailable.

"We were so low on numbers that 24 hours before the match I didn't have a second recognised central defender," Saunders said.

"It was a terrific performance. We were encamped in our own half for most if the game, but we defended really well, and were really well organised in midfield.

"Swindon are to my mind the best side in this league, but we decided to let them have the ball.

"Our goalkeeper Lewis Price had only one meaningful shot to save in the first half and a couple in the second. That goes to show how well we played.

"The response I've had from the players after losing 5-0 to Doncaster Rovers two weeks ago has been terrific. We've picked ourselves up. We know we're not going to win every game, but after this result the players will believe they can. It's given us a lot of confidence."

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