Richie's Fixture Reaction

Wed 19 Jun 2013
Author: @crawleytown
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Gaffer happy with home start

Reds boss Richie Barker was pleased the Reds will be at home for the opening fixture of our 2013/2014 League 1 campaign. 

In our first fixture Crawley welcome former Premier League side Coventry City to the Broadfield Stadium on August 3.

Richie believes even though the tie will be difficult, he was happy the first game was at home.

He said: "There are no easy games in this league, we know that and we're pleased to be at home. Coventry will have a very good team so were pleased we have home advantage." 

Last season the Reds kicked-off their campaign with a 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United at the Broadfield and Richie is hoping for a repeat performance.

Richie added: "Last year we were spot on at home first game of the season, it's a benchmark that we hope to achieve this time around. Coventry are a big side so we're hoping for a big crowd and a great atmosphere." 

August represents a tough opening month for the Reds in League 1, with a fixture list of Coventry (H), Tranmere (A), Rotherham (H), Wolves (A) and Peterborough (A). Richie admits it's a difficult opening for his side. 

"It's a tough start, the teams that have come down from the Championship are massive clubs and we're playing two of them away in the opening month." He added. "It's probably the toughest start we could have wished for."

Gillingham, Port Vale, Rotherham United and Bradford City all won promotion to League 1 and Richie believes the standard of the league is tougher than ever.

He said: "The three teams that have come up will be tough to beat both home and away, so we've got to prepare well over the summer. 

"Overall, we're pleased to be at home first game and our focus is very much preparing for that and the pre-season." 

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