Leyton Orient 0, Crawley Town 1: Crawley battlers saluted

Billy Clarke celebrates his goal against Leyton Orient (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Billy Clarke celebrates his goal against Leyton Orient (Pic by Jon Rigby)
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Assistant manager Anthony Williams praised Crawley’s grit in today’s 1-0 win at Leyton Orient in League One.

A stunning strike from Billy Clarke in the first half sealed three points as Reds went 12th, and they might have been further ahead after Mike Jones’ header flicked the crossbar and Jamie Proctor dragged a cross/shot across the six yard box at the start of the second period.

But Crawley came under the cosh in the last 20 minutes as Orient launched a desperate bid to avoid a third successive loss. Two decisive blocks from Joe Walsh and a fine reaction Paul Jones save ensured Richie Barker’s men took the points back to the Broadfield.

Williams declared: “We were fantastic on Monday night, and I think we saw the other side of our game today. We worked hard for each other, we put bodies on the line and we hung on. It was a good team performance, we had to grind it out and it was a moment of magic from Billy.”

Clarke’s goal, his 12th of the season, came on 11 minutes, when he pulled a high ball out of the air, before turning and curling a wonderful shot past keeper Jamie Jones.

Williams added: “I was still sat down, I thought it was a cross gone wrong. He says he meant it and I will give him the benefit of the doubt.”

Clarke said: “I knew what i wanted to do with it. My touch was good and I’m happy that it went and importantly that we won.”