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Red hot Roberts fires hosts to victory over Yeovil Town

Three goals in tow games for Roberts as Kewell's men make it back to back league wins

2 September 2017

Match Reports

Red hot Roberts fires hosts to victory over Yeovil Town

Three goals in tow games for Roberts as Kewell's men make it back to back league wins

2 September 2017

The Reds secured back to back wins in the league for the first time since January, after beating Yeovil Town 2-0 at home on Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Roberts fired his side in front after just 12 minutes, finishing neatly from the edge of the box, before Enzio Boldewijn laid it on a plate for Roberts early in the second half to secure all three points.

Head Coach Harry Kewell selected the same side that won 3-0 at Swindon Town last weekend.

The game started off evenly, however there was an early scramble in the Reds penalty area after Olufela Olomola squared the ball to James Bailey and was confronted by Glenn Morris and assisting red shirts.

The visitors then had a golden opportunity to take an early lead, with Francois Zoko driving the ball across the six-yard box, inches away from the inside of the post and the onrushing Olomola.

10 minutes in and the Reds began sniffing at goal, with Roberts and Boldewijn both going close, until the former did find the net.

Roberts who minutes before had fired a well hit strike from range just wide, was allowed to turn on the edge of the box, look up and calmly slide the ball into the bottom right corner with his weaker foot.

Moments before Boldewijn had a great chance to score himself, after breaking beyond the opposition defence and bearing down on goal, but his shot was smothered.

The Dutchman had another opportunity on 17 minutes, after a Dean Cox free-kick was poorly cleared and fell to him kindly at the back-post, but his effort was tame.

Crawley were certainly on top and Roberts could’ve easily doubled his and his side’s tally, after the ball fell to him inside the box after another Cox set piece with the goal at his mercy, but his strike was blocked brilliantly by Sid Nelson.

The game was broken up with some scrappy play and a couple of stoppages in play involving Jimmy Smith and Boldewijn, both of which returned to their feet to carry on after going down.

With 10 minutes of the first half there was little in the way of football due to the stoppages, however Yeovil’s Bevis Mugabi missed a great chance when he didn’t react quickly enough as the ball fell to him five-yards out from a corner.

Crawley came out the traps after the break looking the stronger, and it wasn’t long until they doubled their advantage.

Boldewijn latched onto a header following a goal kick from the visitors, and looked surprise to be onside, however drove into the box and laid a tap in on for Roberts to notch his second of the game.

Five minutes later it should’ve been three, after Cox swung in another dangerous free-kick which fell to Smith with an unguarded net in front of him from point blank range, but the ball somehow ended up over the bar!

Despite the Reds’ superiority, Morris was called into action on the hour mark, making an excellent save from Nathan Smith’s glanced header.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Kewell made his first change, introducing Ibrahim Meite in place of Camara.

Crawley endeavoured to take the sting out of the game, and contributed to that by replacing Roberts with Dennon Lewis.

The Glovers had a spell of possession and showed some desire to try and get back into the game, and had a decent effort on 83 minutes with substitute Jordan Green firing into the side netting after good build up play.

Kewell made his final change with just under five minutes to play, with Josh Payne coming on at the expense of Cox.

Five minutes of added time were on offer to the visitors to try and find a way back into the game, but the Reds held firm to secure the first home win of the season.

Reds XI: Morris (GK), Young, Yorwerth, Lelan, Evina, Smith ©, Bulman, Camara (Meite, 69), Cox (Payne, 86), Roberts (Lewis, 81), Boldewijn.

Reds subs: Mersin (GK), McNerney, Tajbakhsh, Djalo, Payne, Lewis, Meite.

Attendance: 2,024 (222 away).

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