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Reds overcome flu epidemic to extend run
Crawley boss Steve Evans praised his players after they beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 despite half the side suffering from flu.
Scott Davies missed the match altogether while another five players had been struggling since the bug hit the squad in midweek.
Reds led 2-0 at half-time through goals from Sergio Torres and Dean Howell but Mark Wright pulled one back with 18 minutes to go as the home side ran out of steam.
It was Crawley's fifth consecutive win in League Two and sent them two points clear at the top of the table.
Evans said: "It was a game of two halfs. In the first half we should have been four up as Matt Tubbs and Tyrone Barnett both had good chances you would expect them to take.
"They had a go in the second half and got their goal but I don't remember them making another chance so over the 90 minutes I felt we deserved the win.
"Scott (Davies) wasn't even in the squad today as he was ill and we had five or six players who were really struggling on Thursday.
"In the second half we were worried how their legs would hold up and how their stamina would be but credit to them for keeping going. Some of them must have gone through the barrier."