Goals from Harry Anderson and Aaron Collins revived Bristol Rovers’ play-off hopes as they beat Crawley 2-1.
Rovers had won one of their last three games but victory moved them within two points of the play-off places.
Substitute Jake Hessenthaler pulled a 69th-minute goal back for Crawley, who have now won only two of their last 13 home matches.
Rovers boss Joey Barton went into the game demanding a much-improved display after describing his side as “nowhere near our best” in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Newport.
The Gas almost suffered an early shock when defensive slackness allowed skipper George Francomb to have a sight of goal but he shot over.
Rovers keeper James Belshaw thwarted Ashley Nadesan before Anderson forced veteran keeper Glenn Morris to parry his low shot after being set up by Collins.
Anderson raced through on a pass from Antony Evans to give Rovers the lead after 41 minutes, slipping an angled shot under keeper Morris.
The Reds lived dangerously as Collins’ attempted lob went over before Elliot Anderson headed over.
Rovers extended their lead after a swift counter-attack in the 65th minute ended with Collins scoring his 11th goal in 21 games.
Fit-again Hessenthaler struck to make it 2-1 four minutes later, glancing in a corner, but the hosts failed to find an equaliser.
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- 19TunnicliffeSubstituted forHessenthalerat 28′minutes
- 5CraigBooked at 13mins
- 25TsaroullaBooked at 89mins
- 28PayneBooked at 45mins
- 4FrancombSubstituted forTilleyat 70′minutes
- 40HutchinsonSubstituted forAppiahat 45′minutes
- 30HooleBooked at 72mins
- 6FinleySubstituted forWhelanat 77′minutes
- 10CollinsSubstituted forLoftat 90+2′minutes
- Lee Swabey
Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Bristol Rovers 2.
Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Bristol Rovers 2.
Attempt missed. Nicholas Tsaroulla (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Kwesi Appiah (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Nadesan.
James Connolly (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joel Lynch (Crawley Town).
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ryan Loft replaces Aaron Collins.
Nicholas Tsaroulla (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Harry Anderson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Nicholas Tsaroulla (Crawley Town).
Connor Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Crawley Town).
Jack Powell (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.
Foul by Aaron Collins (Bristol Rovers).
Will Ferry (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Nick Anderton.
Foul by Connor Taylor (Bristol Rovers).
Kwesi Appiah (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James Connolly (Bristol Rovers).
Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.