Hull 0 Crawley 1: Minnows through to FA Cup fifth round for second successive year
Matt Tubbs sent League Two Crawley
into the FA Cup fifth round for the second consecutive season after his
57th-minute winner sunk npower Championship high-flyers Hull at the KC
Tubbs raced onto a fine through-ball
from Sergio Torres to slide the only goal of the game under Tigers
keeper Vito Mannone and revive dreams of last year's last 16 trip to Old
Steve Evans' underdogs richly
deserved their win over a Hull side featuring seven changes to their
last league outing, with on-loan new boy Sanchez Watt agonisingly close
to extending their margin of victory late on.
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
Crawley, currently second in their
first league season, oozed confidence from the start with Tubbs sending
Mannone scrambling early, and Sanchez Watt – signed from Arsenal until
the end of the season – causing problems with his pace.
Tubbs aimed an overhead kick just
over Mannone's bar after a lofted pass by Torres, and a Watt shot put
more pressure on the home keeper as Crawley completely dominated the
opening quarter of an hour.
With the underdogs' attacks
unrelenting, Tyrone Barnett beat Mannone on the by-line but drilled his
attempted cross at the legs of Daniel East. In a rare response from
Hull, Liam Cooper headed well wide.
Crawley created another fine chance
on 32 minutes when Tubbs was denied the chance to get on the end of
Barnett's cross in front of goal by a superb interception from Joe
Giant-killer: Tubbs guides the ball past the dive of Hull keeper Mannone
Nick Barmby's men finally managed
their first shot on target in the 39th minute when Tom Cairney unleashed
a low, long-range effort from the left which drifted into the hands of
Crawley keeper Scott Shearer.
And Robbie Brady came closest one
minute before the break when he lashed another long-range strike which
took a deflection in the box and was well saved by Shearer diving to his
Hull's revival continued just after
break when Cairney saw a curling effort flapped behind by Shearer, but
the visitors came close at the other end when captain Pablo Mills
drilled a shot which Mannone did well to tip wide.
Reds on the march: Tubbs and Tyrone Barnett salute their fans
Crawley finally broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when Torres sent Tubbs clear cutting in from the left flank, and the striker kept his poise to squeeze the opener home under Mannone.
The goal sparked the game into life, with Richard Garcia almost prodding Hull level within two minutes only for a full-stretch Shearer to scoop the ball off his goal-line in a crowded box.
In the hat: The fifth round beckons
Red Devil: Sanchez Watt on the run
Shearer was fortunate to escape in the 68th minute when he raced from his box to reach a through-ball and was beaten to it by Hull substitute Aaron Mclean, who clattered his attempted lob against the keeper.
Crawley should have extended their lead in the 75th minute when Watt brought a point-blank save out of Mannone and from the resulting corner the same player somehow hit the outside of the post with the goal at his mercy.
Pride of Sussex: Tubbs
Upset: Tubbs slides the ball home
Hull's last chance to salvage an equaliser fell to substitute Mark Cullen in injury time but his swinging shot was blocked in a crowded box and Crawley hung on to secure another famous win.
Getting used to this: Crawley Town manager Steve Evans (centre) congratulates goal scorer Matt Tubbs