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Rampant Reds see off Swindon Town in style

Harry Kewell's men pick up 3-0 win at the County Ground

26 August 2017

Match Reports

Rampant Reds see off Swindon Town in style

Harry Kewell's men pick up 3-0 win at the County Ground

26 August 2017

The Reds put in a superb performance and stormed to a 3-0 win away to Swindon Town on Saturday afternoon, to claim their first points of the season.

Crawley took the lead 10 minutes from the break through an own goal from Oliver Lancashire, despite being under pressure from the hosts.

Harry Kewell’s men then put in a brilliant second half display with Jordan Roberts’ deflected drive from range and Jimmy Smith’s fine finish rounding off a fantastic win.

Kewell made three changes from the side that lost to Cambridge last week, with Thomas Verheydt, Mark Randall and Mark Connolly making way for Jimmy Smith, Dean Cox and Josh Yorwerth.

There was also a place on the bench for new signing Ibrahim Meite.

Swindon started the brightest, enjoying the majority of possession in the opening half an hour, and had several chances to take the lead, the first of which came 10 minutes in.

Kaiyne Woolery was found in the box by a good cross and had the goal at his mercy, however failed to connect with the ball.

The Robins delivery from both open play and set pieces was impressive, and Lancashire so nearly headed one home on 12 minutes, which was one of many close calls for the visitors.

The Reds held firm and with some help from lady luck kept out the hosts, and began to grow into the game.

Smith had a good chance 20 yards out on his return from injury, but he couldn’t get his head over the half volley.

Cox and Roberts both put in inviting deliveries just minutes apart from each other, with Josh Yorwerth inches away from turning in the latter’s at the back post.

Glenn Morris was in fine form during the first half, making two superb saves in quick succession, first denying Paul Mullin from close range, then Luke Norris’ well hit volley.

The Reds then took the lead on 35 minutes, with Lewis Young whipping in a delightful cross from the right, which turned into his own net by Lancashire.

Crawley then began to look the stronger side, moving the ball around well, and went into the break ahead.

The visitors came back out in the second half and despite Swindon in need of a goal, looked the more threatening and managed the game well.

There were a number of brilliant free flowing moves from Crawley, notably when Roberts, Cox and Camara combined brilliantly to allow the former to strike on goal, but it was saved.

The Robins didn’t really trouble Crawley, and the visitors continued to create chances.

Roberts was instrumental in most of his side’s attacks, and played Camara in one on one with the keeper, but the keeper was equal to his effort.

12 minutes from time, the Reds were rewarded for their fine play and Roberts was the man to give Crawley a two-goal cushion.

The winger drove the ball goalwards from outside the area, with the shot taking a slight deflection into the bottom corner.

Meite was then introduced to make his debut, replacing Enzio Boldewijn, before Camara was withdrawn for Josh Payne.

Things got even better as we entered the final five minutes, with skipper Smith capping off another great move.

Dannie Bulman was released down the right, and despite the box being loaded with options, looked up and picked out the late arriving Smith, who calmly slotted home to mark his return with a goal and three points.

Dennon Lewis was then brought on in place of Roberts, to help see out an outstanding victory and three points.

Reds XI: Morris, Young, Yorwerth, Lelan, Evina, Smith ©, Bulman, Boldewijn (Meite, 79), Cox, Roberts (Lewis, 88), Camara (Payne, 80).

Reds subs: Mersin, Payne, McNerney, Tajbakhsh, Verheydt, Lewis, Meite.

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