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7 November 2019

Reds will be aiming to improve on a modest recent record in the Emirates FA Cup when we take on Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

Crawley reached the fifth round in successive years in 2011 and 2012 and got to round three in 2013.

But in ten games, including replays, since then we have won just once. It iis six years since we last reached the second round after a nervy 2-1 win at Hednesford Town, the last time Crawley faced non-league opposition in the world's most famous knockout competition.

The last person to score a winning goal for Crawley in the FA Cup was Emile Sinclair, who netted our second goal against the Pitmen.

By the time we faced Bristol Rovers in the second round John Gregory had replaced Richie Barker as manager and after a goalless draw we lost the replay 2-1, the first replay having been abandoned because of a waterlogged pitch.

Since then we have suffered five successive first-round exits. Yeovil beat us 1-0 in 2014, Luton won here 2-1 in 2015 and after a 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers in 2016 we went down 4-2 after extra time in the replay.

Wigan, who went on to reach the quarter-finals, knocked us out 2-1 at the DW Stadium in 2017, despite a brilliant opening goal by Jordan Roberts, and last season Filipe Morais scored a late equaliser at Southend United only for Reds to lose the replay 6-2, with the visitors scoring four goals in extra time after Ollie Palmer had netted twice in the second half.

The good news is that this is the first time we’ve played a team currently below us in the pyramid since beating Hednesford. And our Carabao Cup record was just as poor until this season!

* Any replay will take place on Tuesday, November 19, kick off 7.45pm.

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