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Stoke end Crawley's FA Cup dream

Goals from Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch ensured the visitors prevailed, despite being controversially reduced to 10 men early on.

Crouch celebrates scoring Stoke's second goal.
Crouch celebrates scoring Stoke's second goal.

Crawley 0-2 Stoke

GOALS FROM JONATHAN Walters and Peter Crouch were enough to ensure there would be no fairytale-ending at Broadfield Stadium today.

However, despite being three divisions above Crawley, Stoke were made to work hard for their victory, as they received a serious scare after 16 minutes.

Rory Delap was controversially sent off for what was adjudged to be serious foul play – despite Stoke’s protests that he won the ball – meaning they would have to play the majority of the game with ten men.

Nonetheless, Stoke subsequently silenced Crawley fans, as Walters successfully converted a penalty just before half time, after Ryan Shawcross was impeded by Kyle McFadzean.

Peter Crouch then made it two just after the break, with a trademark header from close range.

It was relatively comfortably for the visitors thereafter, and the home side were even denied a late consolation, even though Danny Collins seemed to handle Tyrone Barnett’s shot on the line.

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