Preview: Carlisle United

Fri 21 Apr 2017
Author: Alex Stedman

A full look ahead to Saturday's game against the Cumbrians

The Reds host Carlisle United on Saturday in their penultimate home game of the 2016/17 campaign.

Last time out Dermot Drummy's men fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Accrington Stanley, and had previously drawn 0-0 at home to Cheltenham Town on Good Friday.

Keith Curle's men still harbour realistic play-off ambitions with three games to go - they chalked up two 1-1 draws with Hartlepool United and Stevenage over the Easter period.

Pre-match:

Click here to watch Dermot Drummy preview the game against Carlisle United.

The Opposition:

The Cumbrians come into the contest at the Checkatrade Stadium on Saturday in eighth position in the table and one point outside of the play-off spots.

A remarkable start to the season saw the side go unbeaten in all competitions until a 2-0 away defeat in the league to Newport County at the start of November.

That sequence of games saw Curle's men notch up a 21 match unbeaten run and position themselves firmly in the promotion picture.

But since the turn of the year their form has dropped off meaning the side have fallen out of the top six. Just one win in their last 11 matches - a 2-0 away victory over Yeovil Town - has left them facing a fight to establish themselves amongst the top six between now and the season's end.

The History:

There have been seven meetings between the two clubs - with the Reds winning the first, their only victory over Carlisle United to date. Goals from Nicky Adams and Nathan Byrne secured a 2-0 win on the road in the first Football League meeting between the two sides. Adams is now a Carlisle player of course.

Read more on that success and look at some familiar faces in the opposition squad this weekend here.

The Officials:

Darren Deadman will referee Saturday's game - find more on his previous appointments and assistants for the afternoon here.

Tickets:

Click here for a full guide to ticket prices for the game.

Follow it live:

Reds Player HD subscribers can listen to full live commentary of the game with the Robins with John Barnett, Harry Maynard and Tony Vessey from 2.55pm.

 

Fans can sign up here to Reds Player HD and get this and more exclusive content.

 

Live minute-by-minute updates will be available on our official Twitter feed – with half time and full time updates on our Facebook page.

 

Instagram and Snapchat users can go behind the scenes throughout the afternoon – fans should add ‘@crawley_town_fc’ and ‘@crawleytownfc’ respectively.

 

After the game, a full match report and all the reaction will be available on our website, YouTube and Reds Player HD.


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