League Two Crawley Town hosted Stoke City in the Carabao Cup third round last night and produced one of the shocks of the competition beating the Championship side on penalties.
Currently 8th in League Two, Crawley took a break from league action and saw off Championship side Stoke in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after the game ended 1-1.
Stoke went ahead through striker Sam Vokes after 23 minutes but just under ten minutes before half-time the hosts were level through Nathan Ferguson. The Potters were also reduced to ten men just after the hour mark, Nathan Collins was given his marching orders for a late tackle.
The win is massive for Crawley Town putting them in the hat for the next round and giving the fans something to really be excited about.
Speaking after what was a momentous night for the club head coach Gabriele Cioffi said: “We are just at the beginning of our path, it doesn’t change our league goals.”
The euphoria of the achievement has to be played down by the manager otherwise it could lead the players to get carried away, the fans will continue to enjoy the win for that bit longer though.
“The next opponent could be a turning point for the club if we get a Premier League club.”
The potential of a big tie for Crawley in the next round is something that the club can’t overlook or not get excited by and the financial reward of a big draw is too good for a League Two club like Crawley Town.
Crawley claiming such a huge win over Championship opposition will go down as one of the biggest scalps of the domestic season.
The club will now look excitedly towards the draw tonight with aspirations of a big fixture against a Premier League club.
For Stoke, more pressure has been put on the shoulders of Nathan Jones and more disappointment handed to the fans who will have expected to get a result over lower league opponents.