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Preview: Bristol Rovers

4 November 2016

A look ahead to Saturday's Emirates FA Cup first round tie

Reds host Bristol Rovers in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday lunchtime (12 noon kick off).

  

Last time out at home, Dermot Drummy’s men drew 0-0 with Accrington Stanley. Crawley's home form this season has been good with just one defeat in all competitions so far. Reds have won the four and drawing the other three.

 

to watchhereClick Dermot Drummy preview Saturday’s cup tie.

 

.hereReds Player HD subscribers can watch Kaby Djalo look ahead his first FA Cup game 

 

The Quotes:

 

"It's a special competition and Crawley have played a big part in that in recent years - it would be great to emulate that," says Dermot Drummy.

 

"It'll be my first game in the competition and I'm really excited," says Kaby Djalo.

 

The Opposition:

 

Darrell Clarke’s side actually started the season slowly, winning just one of their opening ten matches in all competitions after gaining a second successive promotion to League One last season.

 

But since a 2-1 win away to Swindon Town at the end of September the Gas have turned their fortunes around and Tuesday's 2-1 win over Fleetwood cemented their position in the top six.

 

Clarke’s side are unbeaten in their last three games on the road in Sky Bet EFL One – chalking up wins away at Northampton Town and Oldham Athletic, and taking a point after a late Matt Taylor double in their 3-3 draw at MK Dons. 

 

Click here to hear from Rovers manager Darrell Clarke ahead of the game.

 

One to Watch:

 

has 10 goals in 11 league appearances for the Gas so far this term including his side's first against Fleetwood on Tuesday.Matty Taylor


The striker bagged 28 goals in all competitions last term.

 

Previous Meetings

 

The two sides have met in this competition before during the 2013/14 campaign. John Gregory's first game in charge was a second round tie at the Memorial Stadium in December 2013 and finished 0-0. The replay was abandoned midway through the second half because of a waterlogged pitch and when the tie was eventually played Reds led 1-0 until the last ten minutes only to lose 2-1.

  

Last season Reds won 2-1 at home thanks to two goals from Rhys Murphy but lost 3-0 at the Memorial Stadium in April.

 

Officials:

 

Darren Deadman will be the referee for Saturday’s FA Cup First Round tie.

 

hereFind the details on the referee and his assistants click .

 

Ticket News:

 

The club have reduced ticket prices in all areas across all categories for Saturday’s game – seats are just £15 and terrace places £10. Under-16’s pay £4 and under-11s £1!

 

here.For more information click 

 

Follow it live:

 

You will be able to follow all the action across our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat.


Reds Player HD subscribers will be able to enjoy full uninterrupted commentary of the game with John Barnett and Tony Vessey from 11.55am.

 

Post-match video reaction from the Head Coach and players will also be available on YouTube and Reds Player HD.


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