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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Crawley Town

Your In-Depth Guide To Saturday's Game

25 August 2017

Town return home on Saturday when they host Crawley Town at The County Ground in the Sky Bet League Two (3pm Kick-Off).

Dave Flitcroft’s side will be going all out to deliver their first home win of the new season as well as extending their unbeaten start on the domestic front.

Crawley, on the other hand, are without a single point from their opening three league fixtures and they will be desperate to get off the mark tomorrow.

LAST TIME WE MET:

An Andy Williams strike wasn’t enough to prevent Town from suffering a 2-1 defeat at home to Crawley back in February 2015, with Anthony Wordsworth and Gavin Tomlin on target for the visitors.

LAST FIVE:

Season/Date Competition Result Town Scorers
2014/15 - Sat 21st Feb (H) League One 1-2 Williams
2014/15 - Sat 16th Aug (A) League One 1-0  
2013/14 - Tues 25th Feb (H) League One 1-1 Byrne
2013/14 - Tues 26th Nov (A) League One 0-0  
2012/13 - Sat 2nd Feb (A) League One 1-1 A Rooney

FULL RECORD V CRAWLEY:

P W D L F A
10 3 4 3 15 9

TICKET NEWS:

Town fans can still purchase tickets for tomorrow’s game online via https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/, while they will also be able to pay on the day.

Crawley supporters will also be able to buy tickets at the ground on Saturday from the Away Ticket Office, which opens at 1pm and is located at the Arkells End of the ground.

Turnstiles open at 1:30pm tomorrow.

ONE TO WATCH:

Dean Cox is a proven performer at League Two level and he impressed for Crawley after joining midway through last season, contributing two goals and several assists.

The winger will be relied upon to provide the creative spark for his side and he will be looking to be a real thorn in Town’s side tomorrow.

TOP SCORERS:

SWINDON TOWN - Paul Mullin (3)

CRAWLEY TOWN - Enzio Boldewijn & Panutche Camara (1)

TEAM NEWS:

Town will continue to be without John Goddard who is currently sidelined with a troublesome foot injury sustained in the opening day win at Carlisle United.

Kyle Knoyle is making good progress on his road to recovery from a knee injury and there are no other fresh knocks to report on for the Reds.

Crawley could be handed a huge boost with Captain Jimmy Smith looking likely to return from illness.

Mark Connolly could also feature tomorrow after shaking off a hamstring injury, while new signing Ibrahim Meite, on loan from Cardiff City, could make his Red Devils debut against Swindon.

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:

 

Dave Flitcroft, Swindon Town Manager: “First of all Harry has gone in there as a top, top Premier League player and I’ve only got the ultimate respect when a former top flight player comes down to League Two and League One and cuts their stripes.

“A lot of the top players either go into commentary because they don’t want to do the hard miles or they want to start at the top where they’ve got everything, six or seven analysts, a recruitment team, coaches and then a real infrastructure.

“Harry has chosen a path at the lower end of the football pyramid to ply his trade and I’ve got the ultimate respect for him for doing that.

“In terms of Crawley as a team they are looking to try and move the ball quickly through the pitch and they are very expressive with the way they play and they create a lot of chances.

“The league shape isn’t going to form for at least twelve games and we’ve watched two of their games now, they’ve gone with two different formations and we’ll be looking forward to them coming here Saturday and us putting in a Swindon Town performance that I feel the fans deserve.

“It is very naive to think after three games that a team won’t be fighting for their new manager, that new players won’t be fighting for their new club and it is not only dangerous but it is also extremely naive for anyone to think that they aren’t hurting at the minute.

“The players care, the manager cares passionately about his new job and they would have put a lot of work in to try and get off to a good start.

“They haven’t been able to do that at the minute but they will turn that corner. You look at Yeovil, they were absolutely smoked on the first day, they concede eight goals but then they win the week after.

“League Two is very unpredictable and it is one of those leagues, but we’ll give them every respect.

“We’ve certainly been concentrating on ourselves this week and making us better and concentrating on Swindon Town and see how we can make our strengths better and how we can make our weaknesses better.”

Harry Smith, Swindon Town Striker: “We’ve had a positive start to the season so far with seven points from a possible nine, so we’re happy with that.

“We’re looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we can get the first win at home.

”We will be silly to take Crawley lightly.

"If we’re not at our best, then we will get beat but hopefully we will be at our best and we can carry on our good form.”

Dion Conroy, Swindon Town Defender: “It would be good to get the first win at home and we want to make The County Ground a fortress.

“We need to continue what we have been doing and if we turn up tomorrow then we should win.”

Harry Kewell, Crawley Town Head Coach: “They are a great team and one of the favourites, looking to go straight back up this season.

“It is going to be a test for us but we’ve worked well this week in training and we’re looking forward to the challenge.

“There are no easy games in this division - every single game is difficult. My players relish every team that they play and look forward to whoever we are facing.”

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO:

FRIDAY:

Notts County v Accrington Stanley (7:45pm)

SATURDAY:

Barnet v Stevenage

Cambridge United v Morecambe

Cheltenham Town v Exeter City

Colchester United v Forest Green Rovers

Grimsby Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Lincoln City v Carlisle United

Mansfield Town v Luton Town

Newport County v Chesterfield

Port Vale v Crewe Alexandra

Yeovil Town v Coventry City

OFFICIALS:

Referee - Brett Huxtable

Assistants - Kevin Morris & Thomas Harty

Fourth Official - Simon Knapp

PLAYED FOR BOTH:

Nicky Ajose, Nathan Byrne, Michael Doughty, Wes Thomas, Leon Clarke, Rory Fallon, Luke Rooney, Darren Ward, James Collins, Phil Smith.

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE:

Can’t make it to The County Ground tomorrow? Our media team have you covered!

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, whilst you can also follow the action via our Match Centre section on the website.

In the wake of the game, https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/ will be the place to go with a full match report and plenty of reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.

Here’s to three points!

BUILD-UP TO CRAWLEY:

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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 0-3 Crawley Town

Reds' Unbeaten Run Comes To An End

26 August 2017

Swindon Town suffered their first defeat of the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign this afternoon after going down 3-0 to Crawley Town at The County Ground.

Olly Lancashire’s own goal was the difference at the break, which was extremely harsh on the home side given their sheer dominance in the first-half.

It was a different story after the break however and the Red Devils wrapped up their first three points of the season thanks to strikes from Jordan Roberts and Jimmy Smith.

There were chances galore in the opening 45-minutes as Town looked to extend their unbeaten start to life in League Two, with both Olly Lancashire and Dion Conroy going close.

Luke Norris was then denied by two brilliant saves as the home side continued to turn up the heat.

There was a twist in the plot though as Crawley took the lead completely against the run of play with Lancashire only able to send the ball beyond Lawrence Vigouroux and into the back of the net.

Kaiyne Woolery came close to restoring parity almost instantly, but it proved to be one-way traffic in the second-half as the visitors added two more goals to make it an afternoon to forget for the Reds.

Dave Flitcroft opted to keep faith with the same Starting XI that ground out a superb 1-0 win away at Morecambe a week ago, while new signing Matty Taylor was named amongst the substitutes.

Town were looking to continue their good start to the new season and they were also out to deliver their first home win of 2017/18.

They certainly started with good intentions as some brilliant work from Paul Mullin earned his side an early corner, which was sent in by Chris Hussey and headed over the bar by Luke Norris.

It was all one-way traffic in the opening exchanges as the home side went about their business in impressive style, keeping their guests firmly penned into their own-half.

The Reds were creating plenty of openings too with Paul Mullin trying his luck from distance, while Kaiyne Woolery couldn’t quite connect with a Donal McDermott cross in the box.

They were getting closer and closer and were unlucky not to take an early lead with Olly Lancashire nodding just over the bar after rising highest to connect with a pinpoint Chris Hussey free-kick.

Crawley did enjoy a brief respite from defending but they were soon back under the cosh as James Dunne broke up an attack before launching a swift counter-attack, which saw Paul Mullin work his way into the box and cut inside before seeing his shot bravely blocked by Josh Lelan.

Another Hussey corner led to another glorious opportunity as Dion Conroy’s header came back off the bar before bouncing wide.

The Red Devils did carve out a rare attack but Jimmy Smith could only lash way over and Jordan Roberts’ cross just evaded a team-mate, before normal service was soon resumed with Norris drawing a fine point-blank save from Glenn Morris after being picked out perfectly inside the area by McDermott.

And Norris was causing havoc inside the Crawley box yet again moments later, latching onto a Hussey corner before seeing his drive batted away by Morris.

However, Town were done with a sucker-punch when, moments after Panutche Camara had dragged wide for the visitors, Lewis Young pumped a dangerous ball into the box which was headed into his own net by Lancashire, although there looked to be a push on the Skipper.

Swindon almost hit back immediately as Woolery slammed a shot just over the bar, which touched the crossbar on its way over.

There was a frantic finish to an action-packed first-half with Dean Cox warming the palms of Lawrence Vigouroux, while Mullin could only send a drive over the bar at the other end.

Town made a fast start after the break with Hussey seeing his cross knocked behind for a corner, although it was Crawley who nearly added another moments later with Vigouroux having to be alert to deny Camara with his legs.

Looking for a way back into the contest, Flitcroft decided to freshen things up by making a double change with Matt Taylor and James Brophy coming on to replace Amine Linganzi and Kaiyne Woolery respectively.

Swindon were being frustrated by their guests though and they were nearly caught out again just shy of the hour mark, although Vigouroux got down well to smother Roberts’ low strike.

Mullin looked to make something happen for his side but he was robbed inside the box as Town were being halted in their efforts to find an equaliser by a stubborn Crawley back-line.

There was also a drop in tempo with the visitors happy to sit back and defend their slender lead.

It didn’t deter the Reds though and they continued to press forward with McDermott sending a curling effort wide.

Crawley were continuing to create opportunities too with Josh Yorwerth scooping a volley over the bar, before Camara was also off-target after skewing a shot over the crossbar.

Town then made their final change of the afternoon with Harry Smith replacing James Dunne, and the striker nearly made an instant impact after seeing his rasping drive kept out by Morris.

Vigouroux had thwarted Camara moments before that but the stopper was unable to prevent Crawley from doubling their advantage with just over ten minutes remaining, Jordan Roberts seeing his effort deflected into the back of the net.

Crawley were finishing the game with a flourish and Vigouroux had to be at his best to deny both Roberts and Yorwerth, although the visitors did add a third courtesy of Jimmy Smith who smashed home after latching onto Dannie Bulman’s cut-back.

Dean Cox flashed an effort inches wide and that proved to be the final action of the afternoon with Town enduring a difficult day at the office.

TEAMS AND STATS:

SCORERS - Olly Lancashire OG (36), Jordan Roberts (79), Jimmy Smith (84).

SWINDON TOWN (4-4-2) - Vigouroux; Purkiss, Conroy, Lancashire (C), Hussey; Mullin, Dunne (Harry Smith 77), Linganzi (Matty Taylor 52), McDermott; Woolery (James Brophy 52), Norris.

Subs Not Used - Henry, Robertson, T Smith, Iandolo.

CRAWLEY TOWN (4-2-3-1) - Morris; Young, Lelan, Yorwerth, Evina; Smith (C), Bulman; Boldewijn (Ibraham Metie 80), Cox, Roberts (Dennon Lewis 86); Camara (Josh Payne 82).

Subs Not Used - Mersin, McNerney, Tajbakhsh, Verheydt.

BOOKINGS:

SWINDON TOWN - Dion Conroy, Olly Lancashire, Paul Mullin.

CRAWLEY TOWN - Cedric Evina.

Referee - Brett Huxtable.

Attendance - 6,613.

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