Hull 0 Crawley 1: Barmby sparks red card row after Tubbs hits winner
Matt Tubbs' 18th goal of the season continued Crawley's astonishing FA Cup exploits.
Last season, as a Blue Square Premier
League side, they lost by the only goal in an epic fifth round tie
against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
This time they can boast they have gone further on the road to Wembley than Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Hell for Hull: Matt Tubbs celebrates his winner for Crawley Town
Hull City: Mannoune, East, Hobbs, Cooper, Dudgeon, Garcia (Cullen 65), Evans, Cairney, King (Olofinjana 65), Fryatt, Brady (McLean 46). Unused subs: Carson, Dawson, Chester, Simpson.
Booked: East, Hobbs, Evans.
Crawley Town: Shearer, Hunt, Mills, Davis, Howell, Watt (Akpan 90), Bulman, McFadzean, Torres (Neilson 90), Tubbs (Simpson 87), Barnett. Unused subs: Kuipers, Smith, Wilson, Wassmer.
Goals: Tubbs: 57.
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Apart from a late flurry of desperate
pressure from Hull, this toothless Tigers' performance received its
just reward – a fact acknowledged by Nick Barmby.
'We had no excuses. We were beaten by a better side on the day,' said the Hull manager.
'We didn't treat them lightly. We'd seen a couple of videos of them so we knew what to expect.
'They are a very good side who didn't allow us to get our normal passing game going.'
But Barmby was critical of Crawley's
coaching staff in the 70th minute when Hull's Danny East, booked for a
foul on Sergio Torres, escaped another yellow card.
'I don't want to take anything away from Crawley but I was disappointed that they tried to get one of my players sent off.
Giant-killer: Tubbs guides the ball past the dive of Hull keeper Mannone
'We wouldn't do that and I don't
think anybody else should,' he said. Crawley boss Steve Evans was more
preoccupied with his team's performance than getting involved in a
slanging match, apart from a terse:
'So Nick is an altar boy is he Maybe he should concentrate on his own team's performance because we outplayed his side today.
Reds on the march: Tubbs and Tyrone Barnett salute their fans
'We took the game to them from the
start. We were disappointed not to be ahead at half-time but in the end
we could have won by three or four.'
Crawley took the game by the scruff
of the neck from the whistle but it took them until the 57th minute to
snatch the lead with a goal which underlined Hull's defensive
Kyle McFadzean's pass released Tubbs, whose superb run beat Hull's offside trap before a cool and precise finish to win the tie.
In the hat: The fifth round beckons
Red Devil: Sanchez Watt on the run
Pride of Sussex: Tubbs
Upset: Tubbs slides the ball home
Getting used to this: Crawley Town manager Steve Evans (centre) congratulates goal scorer Matt Tubbs