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Collins on target for record

28 March 2017

Striker on 20 for the season with seven games to go

Dermot Drummy has praised the contribution and work-rate of James Collins after the striker became only the second Crawley player in our Football League history to reach 20 goals.

Collins emulated Izale McLeod in 2014-15 when he netted his 20th of the season in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Leyton Orient, 18 of which have come in League 2.

McLeod reached the milestone with five games of that season’s League One campaign to go but failed to add to his tally as Reds were relegated.

Now 'Collo' has seven games to go to make history, having already passed his previous best total for a season in his career of 18 when he was a Swindon Town player.

Our Head Coach said: “James has been fantastic for us all season but it’s not just his goals that he brings.

“His work-rate is phenomenal every week. He keeps working hard, making the runs which put defenders under pressure and his positional awareness and, of course, his finishing are second to none.

“I hope he breaks the club record because he deserves it. He’s had a goals target all season which he’s kept to himself and I’m sure even if he’s reached it he will be determined to get a few more goals between now and the end of the season.”

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