Blue Square Bet
Published 4th February 2011
....after they were held to a goalless draw by mid-table Kettering Town at the Elgood`s Brewery Arena on Thursday night.
In front of a crowd of 1,216, the Poppies debutant keeper Willy Gueret, signed from MK Dons on transfer deadline day, proved to be the hero with some excellent saves, particularly in the first half when he denied Pablo Mills, Jamie Cook and Craig McAllister in quick succession.
McAllister also had a goal disallowed, and in the second period the visitors continued to create opportunities.
Defender Kyle McFadzean headed Sam Rents' cross over from close range and then Richard Brodie volleyed wide when he had more time than he thought.
McAllister had the best chance of the game on 82 minutes but headed over from only a few yards out.
Kettering had their chances, albeit far fewer than Crawley, who were being watched by a delegation from Manchester United ahead of their big FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.
Veteran striker Paul Furlong struck the post just after half time having already stabbed a good chance wide and in injury-time defender Ian Roper's towering header dropped the wrong side of the upright.
That would have been harsh on Crawley who have now gone over seven hours without conceding a goal and remain in third place, two points behind AFC Wimbledon with four games in hand.