"Let us be set down at Queen’s Crawley without further divagation"
For the opening salvo in this season’s EFL (Carabao) Cup we welcome Crawley Town, currently sitting pretty in League 2 just a point behind ourselves thanks to a convincing 2-0 win against moneybags Salford City at the weekend. Crawley are truly a multi-national outfit, with an Italian Head Coach, a Spanish deputy, an Australian Head Physio, an Irish Sports Therapist, and a South African Chief Photographer. Topping all that, the two gentlemen who occupy the positions of Owner/Chairman and Director of Football are Turkish.
Current League 2 form is perhaps misleading for this game, as the composition of both sides is likely to vary from what one would expect as “first choice”. with fringe squad players being given an opportunity to feature in the match rather than risk splinters in their hind quarters.
There is a connection between the two clubs in the form of Sean O’Driscoll, whose movements in 2012 were somewhat bizarre to say the least. He was Nottingham Forest coach under Steve Cotterill, but left them to become manager of Crawley Town in May of that year. By July he had left Crawley to be manager at Nottingham Forest, but by Boxing Day they sacked him! So he managed Crawley Town without actually being in charge for a single competitive game - and all this before he demonstrated his skills at Walsall …
So … prediction - it’s very tempting to say “who cares?”, but with Darrell Clarke’s approach to his work there’s every chance that the squad will be urged to take this competition seriously. It’s about time his strikers started to strike, so what about a 3-0 home win, with Adebayo (2) and Lavery on target.