x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

FA Cup round-up: non-league Crawley reach fifth round

Crawley Town became only the sixth non-league team in history to reach the FA Cup fifth round, a match their manager said his team expected to win.

Crawley Town became only the sixth non-league team in history to reach the FA Cup fifth round after they beat League Two side Torquay United 1-0 away yesterday, a match Steve Evans, their manager, said his team had expected to win.

Matt Tubbs grabbed the only goal of the game six minutes before half time at Plainmoor and the team from the fifth tier of English football, the Blue Square Premier, could have had more.

Torquay goalkeeper Scott Bevan saved second-half penalties from Tubbs and Craig McAllister. Both sides also finished with 10 men.

"We expected to come here and win. We said it and we have done it," said Evans. "Arguably if we go and practice penalties tomorrow we might score the next one.

"I think if the first one goes in then I think we may have won here rather comfortably this afternoon.It's fantastic that we are through to the last 16 for the first time."

Elsewhere, Birmingham City's manager Alex McLeish was put through the cup wringer again by his team before emerging with another victory against Championship side Coventry City at St Andrew's.

Three days after coming from 3-1 down on aggregate to beat West Ham United and reach the Carling Cup final, Birmingham were two down inside 26 minutes through goals from Marlon King and Richard Wood before on-loan David Bentley, Stuart Parnaby and Kevin Phillips secured a 3-2 victory.

McLeish said: "I wouldn't want to live through that too often with the stress levels but I thought the team played well today. There was a lot of really good stuff."