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9 November 2018

Ahead of Saturday's trip to Southend United in the Emirates FA Cup First Round, we look back at our only previous victory over the Essex side - a 3-0 win at the Broadfield Stadium, less than two weeks into our debut Football League season.

Crawley's excellent start to life in the Football League continued with a 3-0 win over Southend United. Following an opening day draw at Port Vale and a home win over Macclesfield, the three points took the Reds to second in the table as one of the early pacesetters. 

Dean Howell opened the scoring in audacious fashion in the second half as his 35 yard chip caught the Southend keeper, who just happened to be current Reds stopper Glenn Morris. 

Ten minutes later, Bilel Mosnhi brought down Matt Tubbs inside the penalty area, and Tubbs coolly slotted past Morris to double the lead. Just two minutes later, the win was secured as Tubbs grabbed his second as he headed in Howell's cross.

Southend rallied late on, but Scott Shearer had an excellent game to deny Liam Dickinson twice. 

After the game, Town assistant manager Paul Raynor said, "we're now 33 games unbeaten in the league and that's a fantastic confidence boost for everybody. We look as though we've taken to League Two like a duck to water, but we need to do that."

The Reds have played Southend on three other occasion. A goalless draw at Roots Hall in the return league fixture, as well as a 3-0 home defeat and 1-0 away loss, both in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

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