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Preview: Crawley Town (H)

21 August 2012

SWINDON welcome Crawley Town to The County Ground on Tuesday evening as they get their home league campaign underway.


The Town will be looking to register their first three points of the season after Saturday’s goal-less draw at Hartlepool United. Swindon might even have left the north-east with a win but Tommy Miller could not convert a second half penalty. Manager Paolo Di Canio says that the new-look Crawley will be a different prospect from last season. He said: "Tonight we will face a different looking team with a new manager. They will present us with a different sort of test to the one we faced last season."


Crawley meanwhile could not have wished for a better start to life in League One. They recorded a 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United at the weekend, taking them straight to the top of the table. The new Reds captain and former Town striker Gary Alexander scored a brace of goals to set the Red Devils on their way before loanee Jonathan Forte added a third, giving manager Richie Barker the perfect start to his tenure at the Broadfield Stadium.


Tuesday’s fixture will only be the second league meeting between the two sides at The County Ground. Both were promotion favourites last season when they met on Valentine’s Day. Swindon showed no signs of entering into the Valentine’s spirit by recording a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Steve Evans’ men.


Luke Rooney opened the scoring before Billy Bodin scored a stunning second goal, coming onto a bouncing ball and arcing a volley into the far corner. Paul Benson added a third to secure maximum points for the Town.


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