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Crawley boss Steve Evans reveals winning FA Cup secret

Crawley celebrate after their famous win
Crawley now face a trip to Torquay in the next round

Crawley boss Steve Evans paid tribute to his team for their shock 2-1 FA Cup win over Derby and revealed the winning goal was a training ground routine.

The Blue Square Bet Premier side booked a fourth-round tie against Torquay when Sergio Torres side-footed in from a corner in injury time.

"I told the lads to try the set-piece whether it's in the first or last minute," Evans told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I've said it since July, they're a great group to work with."

He added: "For the level we play at, we have better players if we work as hard as the opposition during a match.

606: DEBATE

"Tonight the players had to work to the game plan. We didn't ask them to work outside the box but we just asked them to work hard."

Derby should have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty after goalkeeper Michel Kuipers was judged to have brought down Chris Porter.

However, Kris Commons fired the resulting spot-kick straight at the legs of Kuipers.

Crawley, who lie second in their league, then deservedly took the lead through Craig McAllister, who swept in from close range, before Miles Addison equalised for Derby in the second half.

The match was heading towards a replay until a minute into injury time when Torres struck home a spectacular winner.

"We've beaten a good Championship side today," said Evans. "If the game ended in a draw and we had to go to Pride Park for the replay then we would have been the more disappointed team."

However, Evans added: "Our main objective this season is to get promoted."

Cup runs build fan-bases and that's what is important for us long-term

Crawley chief executive Alan Williams

Crawley chief executive Alan Williams told 5 live: "Cup runs build fan-bases and that's what is important for us long-term, to get our average gates up.

"It's a very welcome distraction from the league but we know our priority is to get out of this division and we'll do that I'm sure."

Crawley are second in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, three points behind Wimbledon.



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Crawley Town 2-1 Derby
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