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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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