Crawley are into the League Two play-off places after a night of twists and turns at home to Plymouth.

A 2-2 draw at the People’s Pension Stadium was enough to nudge Reds up into seventh spot and extend their unbeaten league run to five matches.

It looked like they had blown their chance when they trailed 2-1 despite a dream start.

But sub Ollie Palmer converted a penalty to secure a point.

Gabriele Cioffi’s men started the night in eighth place.

At one stage in the second half they were on course to leapfrog the play-off places altogether and go third as they clung to a lead while other results went their way.

Top scorer Bez Lubala turned goalmaker when he cut the ball back low from the left and Reece Grego-Cox guided it inside the far post in only the ninth minute.

Reds had to defend strongly for most of the first half and into the second.

Glenn Morris blocked a shot by Byron Moore in the first half after the Argyle forward had cut inside a tackle.

And he excelled again after the break as he blocked a full-blooded blast by Will Aimson.

Argyle deservedly levelled in the 73rd minute when Calum McFadzean’s cross was headed home at the far post by Joe Edwards.

Edwards fired Plymouth ahead six minutes later when Antoni Sarcevic played the ball into his path.

But Palmer, taking over penalty duties from Lubala, levelled from the spot on 85 minutes after Grego-Cox had been dragged down by McFadzean.

Crawley: Morris; Sesay, Sendles-White, Tunnicliffe, Doherty; Bulman (Francomb 46), Camara (Allarakhia 80); Grego-Cox, Ferguson (Palmer 59), Lubala; Bloomfield.

Plymouth: Palmer; Edwards, Josh Grant, Aimson, Sawyer; Sarcevic, Baxter (Wootton 84), McFadzean, Mayor; Moore (Telford 68); Joel Grant (Rudden 89).

Referee: David Rock.

Attendance: 2,501 (800 away).