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MATCH PREVIEW | Swindon Town

We take a look ahead to Saturday's trip to the County Ground

24 August 2017

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW | Swindon Town

We take a look ahead to Saturday's trip to the County Ground

24 August 2017

The Reds continue their search for the first points of the season away to league leaders Swindon Town on Saturday afternoon at the County Ground (3pm).

Harry Kewell's men go into the game off the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Cambridge, whilst Swindon picked up a 1-0 win away to Morecambe last weekend.

The away side can take confidence in having won the last two meetings with the Robins.

The Opposition 

Swindon Town have made a good start to the season, and currently sit top of League Two having won two and drawn the other of their three matches so far.

On the opening day they travelled to last year's play-off semi-finalists Carlisle United and recorded a 2-1 win, thanks to goals from Luke Norris and Paul Mullin.

The Robins were unable to claim three points on their first home game of the season, as Kayine Woolery's 56th minute goal cancelled out play-off finalists Exeter's opener.

Their first home win continued to allude them on the 15th August, as West Ham's under-21s snatched a 3-2 win in the EFL Trophy group stage tie - but they returned to winning ways last weekend, with Donal McDermott's goal enough to secure the win away to Morecambe.

Previous Meetings

The Reds have come up against Swindon 10 times in the past, with both sides winning three times each and the rest finishing level.

The first meeting was a two-part encounter, and will certainly be memorable for Reds fans.

Crawley were still non-league and drew Swindon at home in the FA Cup second round in December 2010, drawing 1-1 and earning a replay thanks to a Matt Tubbs equaliser after Charlie Austin had put his side ahead.

The replay threw up plenty of drama, with the Reds down 2-1 at half-time, however a man stronger after the Robins' Jonathan Douglas saw red just before the break for a dangerous challenge.

The visitors made their man advantage count, and drew level through an own goal to take the game to extra time; where Ben Smith would score his second of the game in the 117th minute to send his team through to the next round.

Reds fans will of course remember what followed in the FA Cup that season - a certain memorable trip to Manchester.

However the following three fixtures between the two clubs brought no such joy for Crawley, with Swindon winning all of them 3-0; twice in the 2011/12 League Two season, and then in League One the following campaign.

The remainder of our previous encounters would remain in League One, and coincidentally the next three would again provide the same outcome, this time all finishing as draws.

February 2013 finished 1-1 at the Checkatrade Stadium, with Billy Clarke's penalty being cancelled out with a second half spot kick from the visitors.

Nine months later the same fixture produced a stalemate 0-0.

Tubbs salvaged a point in the 80th minute at the Country Ground in February 2014, with the game finishing 1-1.

The following season the Reds did the double over Swindon, first winning at home thanks to a 51st minute penalty from Izale McLeod. 

The reverse fixture produced another late moment to savour with Gavin Tomlin striking in the 88th minute to snatch the points for the Reds.

Anthony Wordsworth had put Crawley in front after two minutes that day, before Swindon pulled one back, only for Tomlin to make it 2-1 in the dying moments.


The Officials

Saturday's game will be in the hands of Brett Huxtable, and you can read more on the officials for the match here.

Ticket News

There are still tickets available for the trip to Swindon, both in advance and on the day.

Click here for more information.

Follow it Live

Fans will be able to listen to full commentary of the game on iFollow Crawley, as well as read minute by minute updates on the club's official Twitter account.

There will be team news both there and on our official Facebook page, as well as coverage on our Instagram account throughout the day too.

After the game all the post-match reaction will be available on iFollow Crawley and a full report will be online.

Fans can sign up to iFollow Crawley and never miss a kick for just £4.49 a month by clicking here.  

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