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Steve Evans expects tough game on his latest return to Crawley

7 December 2017

Steve Evans is looking forward to returning to the Checkatrade on Saturday with Mansfield Town.

The former Reds boss brings the Stags to West Sussex, where Evans was manager between 2007-12, with his side in good form having not lost for more than two months.

But Evans is expecting a tough afternoon against a Crawley team with decent results against Exeter City (3-1) and Coventry City (1-1) going into the encounter.

He told the Mansfield Chad: “They have picked up in the last few weeks. They have been inconsistent but they do have good players. They have a good guy for me in the manager’s seat in Harry Kewell who had an impeccable CV as a footballer.

“Then he was at Watford as U23s coach, he knows what he’s doing.”

Evans was in charge when Reds won promotion to the Football League for the first time in our history and the fifth round of the FA Cup for successive seasons.

“I still look for their results as I do for my other former clubs Rotherham and Leeds,” he added.

“They are on different divisions so I want them all to win every week. But the most important result is ours and we want to add to our points tally at Crawley.

“If we get one it will be a decent result on the road. If we can get three I think that will put us in the top five on Saturday night.

“The people behind the scenes there and the supporters there were wonderful to me. I had four years there with some outstanding success – records in non-League that will never be broken.”

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