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Preview: Stevenage

3 February 2017

A look ahead to Saturday's game

Reds host Stevenage looking to make it five home Sky Bet EFL 2 wins in a row on Saturday (3pm).


Dermot Drummy’s men will be looking to bounce back after last Saturday’s 2-1 reverse away to Notts County – and their home form in recent months has been strong.


Last time out at the Checkatrade Stadium the Reds defeated Hartlepool United 1-0 in the ‘Pay What You Can’ fixture and they have also chalked up wins over Grimsby, Newport and Yeovil in their previous three home games. Reds have never won five home games in succession as a League club.


The Opposition:


position. They have two wins to their name so far in 2017 – both in the league.thDarren Sarll’s men come into the contest just two places above the Reds in 14


A 3-1 home success over Newport County and an impressive 2-0 triumph against Grimsby Town last weekend came either side of defeats on the road to Plymouth Argyle and Hartlepool United respectively.


Their last away success came a week before Christmas where a Dale Gorman strike and a late winner by Luke Wilkinson gave the visitors a 2-1 away victory over Barnet at the Hive.

:View from the Dugout

Dermot Drummy: "We need a response after a disappointing performance last Saturday. We have been strong at home but we're expecting a difficult game. Stevenage have had some decent results and, as we found out up there in September, they can be a difficult team to play against. We'll need to be at our best once again."

Team news

Rhys Murphy will be available after joining Crawley on loan from Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday. Rhys scored on his debut during his first loan spell with the club last season.

Stevenage signed two players on deadline day - midfielder Jake King rejoined them permanently having been on loan during the first half of the campaign while young Arsenal forward Kaylen Hinds has signed until the end of the season. Both should figure on Saturday.

Previous Meetings:


It is more than 13 years since the clubs first met in the old Conference, when Stevenage won 1-0 at Broadhall Way.

Saturday’s game will be the 20th league meeting between the clubs, the last seven of which have been in the Football League.

Last season Reds did the double over Stevenage. A stoppage-time goal from Roarie Deacon earned Crawley a 2-1 win on Boxing Day and six weeks later Matt Harrold was on target at the Lamex in a 1-0 success.

The two previous League meetings here both finished in 1-1 draws while you have to go back to March 2010 for Stevenage’s last win at the Checkatrade, a 3-0 success.

The teams have also met once in the FA Trophy back in December 2006 when Reds won 2-0 at Broadhall Way.

Overall record v Stevenage: P 21 W 7 L 10 D 4. For 23 Against 39.

Match Officials:


here.Devon's Lee Swabey will take charge of a game involving the Reds for the fourth time on Saturday – details on his previous Crawley appointments and his assistants for the match can be found


Ticket Details:


Make sure you’ve got your tickets as we look to continue or strong home form and remember: U16 tickets are £4 and all U11’s are just £1!


here.Details on how to buy your tickets can be found


Follow it live:


subscribers can enjoy full commentary of the game from 2.55pm with John Barnett and Tony Vessey.Reds Player HD


Fans not at the game can follow minute-by-minute updates on our official Twitter account – with half time and full time updates on our Facebook page.


Those with an Instagram and Snapchat account can go behind the scenes before and after the game and throughout the day.


After the game, a full match report and all the reaction will be available via our social channels, on our website and on both YouTube and Reds Player HD.

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