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Gregory eyes big guns in cup

Crawley boss John Gregory wants "a sexy" FA Cup third-round draw after a 0-0 draw at Bristol Rovers in his first game in charge.

Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall's agility and bravery kept the home side in the competition as Crawley looked to make an instant impression on Gregory.

Crawley looked the more likely scorers in the first half and Mildenhall had to be at his best to beat away a fierce volley from Mark Connolly after 43 minutes.

The tall goalkeeper had also done well to save a 15th-minute header from Gary Alexander and in the second half made further saves to deny Dannie Bulman and Joe Walsh.

Gregory said: "I couldn't have asked more from my players in terms of passion and commitment, which was really encouraging.

"Our scoring record in recent league games has been pathetic and I have to do something to put that right. The strikers could do with a bit of help.

"But the attitude of the players was spot-on and I'm delighted in that respect. I just wish we had made more of our first-half dominance.

"Now it would be nice to get a sexy tie in the third-round draw to give us an extra incentive to win the replay.

"Any Premier League club would be nice and on current form some of the top ones might even be beatable."

Oliver Norburn hit the crossbar with Rovers' best effort, a right-footed volley from 20 yards just before the hour-mark.

Crawley goalkeeper Paul Jones later had to five full length to keep out a long-range effort from Eliot Richards and the League Two side battled to the last.

The visitors lost skipper Josh Simpson to a hamstring injury in the warm-up and had to draft in Andy Drury as a late replacement.