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A look back at previous clashes with Tuesday evening's opponents

25 September 2017

The Reds have encountered Newport County AFC on five occasions since we came into the Football League with Reds winning three times and County twice.

Crawley have only ever lost by one goal and they have won their three by two goals or more, scoring three in two of them.

Tonight’s visitors have only ever beaten Reds once in the League and that was the most recent meeting between the two.

It took place in April this year and ended 1-0, with Mickey Demetriou scoring the game’s only goal in the 18th minute.

Things also got heated in South Wales that day with Joss Labadie and Josh Yorwerth being issued straight red cards for an off the ball inciden, five minutes into the second half.

The victory for the Exiles was crucial in their escape from relegation which they completed dramatically on the final day of last season.

Crawley had claimed all three points in the reverse fixture after winning 3-1 at the Checkatrade Stadium last December.

James Collins fired the Reds into the lead after just three minutes, before Labadie drew the visitors level ten minutes before the break.

However, two goals in four minutes shortly after the restart from Yorwerth and Jimmy Smith secured victory.

It was happy hunting for Crawley against Newport in the 2015-16 season, as they did the double over the South Wales outfit.

Reds charged to an impressive 3-0 away win in September 2015 on their first visit to Rodney Parade with a brace from Gwion Edwards making it 2-0 before Matt Harrold rounded off the scoring on 60 minutes.

Six months later and the Reds welcomed the Exiles to Sussex and kept another clean sheet in a 2-0 win.

Shamir Fenelon fired home in the 56th minute to double the advantage after County’s Scott Boden had turned the ball into his own net ten minutes before the interval.

Rewind four years for the two sides’ first meeting whilst in the Football League, and the only one that’s taken place outside of League Two.

It was held at the Checkatrade Stadium in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and started so promisingly when the hosts raced to a two-goal lead within 23 minutes with Mike Jones scoring the second from inside the centre circle!

Chris Zebroski pulled one back for Newport just before half-time and they went on to win 3-2.

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