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Crawley preview - We take a closer look at the Reds

7 February 2022

Match Previews

Crawley preview - We take a closer look at the Reds

7 February 2022

Town face off against Crawley Town on Tuesday evening in what will be their third home league game in the space of eight days at The Envirovent Stadium.

And confidence is high on the back of a positive week thanks to the goalless draw against Mansfield and the 2-0 Yorkshire derby win against Bradford City on Saturday extending a run of games at home to four without defeat or having conceded.

Our opponents

Crawley are currently in 14th position, one of three teams level on 37 points with Town but with an inferior goal difference.

After a three-game winning streak over the festive period fortunes have cooled with John Yems' side winning one of their past six outings and let slip a two-goal lead in the final 10 minutes on Saturday to be pegged back to a 2-2 draw at home to Stevenage.

They are impressive travellers though, posting the sixth best road record in the division in 2021/22, taking 21 points compared to the 16 they have managed at home.

Previous meetings

Back in late September the two sides played out a 2-2 draw. Luke Armstrong gave Town the lead before Joel Lynch and Sam Ashford netted shortly before half-time, only for a Archie Davies own-goal to restore parity.
In the corresponding fixtures a season ago Town blew away their hosts as first-half goals from Aaron Martin, Josh March and Simon Power saw us race into a three-goal lead before Tom Dallison netted a consolation after the break.

The fixture at The Envirovent Stadium saw the sides play out a 1-1 draw with Jack Muldoon's late strike cancelling out Max Watters early goal.

Ones to watch

Kwesi Appiah leads the scoring charts with eight goals this season, closely followed by forward Tom Nichols who has netted seven on the season so far.

In midfield, Jack Powell has been an ever present, also adding four assists with Jack Hessenthaler also a consistent figure.

The home defence will be well marshalled by former-AFC Fylde man Jordan Tunnicliffe, who will line up alongside Tony Craig, with Glenn Morris in goal.

The club added Aramide Oteh, recently at Salford City, in the January window.

The man in charge

Crawley are currently managed by Yems, a previous caretaker manager at the club and long-time coach elsewhere, and has posted a win rate of 34.3% since taking charge of the club in December 2019.

Recent history

Having turned semi-pro back in 1962 when they were admitted to the Southern League, Crawley are one of the newest members of the Football League having won promotion from the Conference in 2011/12.

They then secured a successive promotion from League Two, also undertaking an impressive FA Cup run as they dispatched two Championship sides before exiting to Stoke City in the fifth-round.
The club spent three seasons in League before relegation back to League Two in 2015, where they have remained since.

Team news

Town will once again be without defensive trio Ryan Fallowfield, Rory McArdle and Lewis Richards, as well as winger Simon Power.


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