"Let us be set down at Queen’s Crawley without further divagation"
It will come as no surprise to our erudite members that poetic quotations mentioning Crawley are as rare as hens’ teeth, so the above extract from last month’s Carabao Cup game will have to suffice. Nothing has changed in the history of Crawley Town since then, so feel free to scroll back to Tuesday August 13th if you have the time and inclination.
The Red Devils (as Crawley Town like to be known) are currently hovering around the play-off zone in 8th place, on 16 points. Interestingly despite their lofty position they have conceded 13 goals in League 2, compared to our 9 (we will gloss over the fact that they’ve scored 16 compared to our 5). The development in their personnel has seen one of their goalscorers at The Bescot (Filipe Morais) depart on loan to Oldham Athletic. Crawley’s League 2 form:-
Aug 24 Leyton Orient (A) Won 2-3
Aug 31 Cheltenham Town (H) Won 1-0
Sep 7 Macclesfield Town (A) Drew 1-1
Sep 14 Mansfield Town (H) Won 1-0
Sep 17 Plymouth Argyle (H) Drew 2-2
Sep 21 Northampton Town (A) Drew 2-2
Their form has also extended to the EFL Cup, where a couple of nights ago they disposed of Sjoke City on penalties (5-3) after holding them to 1-1 in the 90 minutes. Even if The Clayheads fielded a weakened side, Crawley’s performance should not be under-estimated.
Darrell Clarke’s team selection for this game is likely to be dominated by the headache of injuries - Adebayo, Holden, Lavery and Guthrie have all been referred to the Physio’s, and it’s unclear how near Kory Roberts is to making what would be a welcome return to competitive football.
However, we come to this game on the back of two straight League 2 wins, and what appears to be a definite ability to keep a clean sheet. Long may this continue, but against a Crawley side that is almost the League 2 top scorer it may be a big ask. A point from this game would be quite an achievement, so perhaps a score of 1-1 is realistic(ish)?