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Wasteful Crawley held at home

The Argus: Matt Tubbs shoots on goal Matt Tubbs shoots on goal

Crawley were left to rue their profligacy in front of goal as a goalless draw at the Checkatrade.com Stadium kept Carlisle’s slim survival hopes alive.

The stalemate ended a mini slump of back-to-back defeats for the Reds.

But it also ended their hopes of matching or improving on last season’s tenth place finish.

Carlisle, meanwhile, will go to champions Wolves on the final day knowing a victory could still keep them up on goal difference.

The visitors, desperate for points, began with purpose but all the first-half chances all went Crawley’s way.

Matt Tubbs threatened an opener on 14 minutes, collecting Torres’ flick-on and unleashing a shot which goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pushed away for a corner.

Tubbs tested Pickford again on 26 minutes after being fed by Gwion Edwards, then Kyle McFadzean headed wide from a Drury corner.

Proctor was next to try his luck, twisting and turning before firing over, and Tubbs concluded the half’s action by shooting past an upright from 20 yards.

Within five minutes of the restart Proctor had another chance following a forceful run from midfield by Drury but his shot after cutting in on to his left shot was tame and easily collected by Pickford.

Carlisle responded with a spell of pressure and Liam Noble hit the bar on 57 minutes after being allowed space on the edge of the area.

Crawley were wasteful again 12 minutes from time when Proctor set Tubbs free but he spooned a great chance over the bar.

In stoppage time Gwion Edwards fired wide, then Proctor’s shot was touched around the far post by Pickford.

Crawley: P.Jones; M.Connolly, McFadzean, Walsh, Sadler; Torres, Drury, Bulman, Edwards; Tubbs, Proctor. Subs not used: Essam, Fallon, Dicker, Monakana, Isaacs, Richeford, Maddison.

Carlisle: Pickford; Chimbonda (sub Byrne 68), O’Hanlon, Brown, Chantler; Potts, Berrett, Noble (sub Meppen-Walker 89); Symington, Guy (sub Dempsey 80), Amoo. Subs: Robson, Redmond, Pearson, Fleming.

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