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Reds sink Cherries to go third
Crawley brought a run of three home defeats to an end with a resounding 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
Goals from Hope Akpan and Joe Walsh put Reds in command at half-time and Nicky Ajose wrapped up the points after Lee Barnard had pulled one back early in the second half.
The result lifted Crawley to third in League One and turned up the pressure on under-fire Bournemouth boss Paul Groves.
Bournemouth had been the better team in the opening half hour but were unable to create any clear cut opportunities.
Their best effort was a shot from Eunan O'Kane which Paul Jones kicked away while Matt Tubbs, who had come on as an early substitute, fired a free kick just over the bar.
Having been on the back foot for the majority of the game Crawley took the lead in the 31st minute. A low cross from Nicky Adams was only cleared as far as Akpan who drove his shot through a crowd of defenders and into the net from 12 yards.
Reds doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when Walsh timed his run perfectly to head home a free kick from Mat Sadler.
Nicky Ajose was denied a third in injury time by a good save from David James and Bournemouth got back into the match seven minutes after the restart when Barnard fired home after a good run from Charlie Daniels.
Adams restored Crawley's two-goal cushion in the 62nd minute when he produced a composed finishing after getting on the end of a good move involving Gary Alexander and Ajose.
Reds could have had more against an increasingly dispirited Bournemouth with James doing well to tip a free kick from Adams onto the bar and Nathan Byrne firing just wide.
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