Reds return to League action on Saturday at home to Exeter City, kick off 3pm.
Crawley are anxious to improve a record of one win in their last ten in League 2. Exeter are fifth, three points off top spot, but they have lost their last three on the road in the league. Last Saturday they were held to a goalless draw at home to Cheltenham but beat Cambridge 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the FA Cup.
Reds are almost back to full strength with only Gyliano van Velzen and Tarryn Allarakhia not likely to be available because of injury.
Ex-Reds midfielder Jake Taylor returns after suspension for Exeter, while Tom Parker and Nigel Atangana are also in contention again after missing the FA Cup win over Cambridge.
WE'VE MET BEFORE
Reds will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run against Exeter to five games when we entertain the high-flying Grecians at The People's Pension Stadium on Saturday.
Filipe Morais was a key figure in last season's two fixtures, which saw Reds take four points.
The midfielder got our goal in the 1-1 home draw and then netted again on Good Friday when Reds won 3-1. That day, though, he was outshone by Reece Grego-Cox who scored his first goals for the club to seal a victory that secured our place in League Two.
We are unbeaten in our last three trips to Devon, but Exeter have a decent record here having won 2-0 in 2015 and 2-1 in 2016.
That trend was bucked two years ago when Harry Kewell’s Crawley came from behind to win 3-1, with Jordan Roberts scoring two second-half goals.
The experienced Trevor Kettle from Leicestershire will be in charge on Saturday.
It will be his first Crawley appointment since October 2018 and the 3-1 defeat at Colchester United.
In the previous season he took charge of three Crawley games, all at home: the 3-1 win over Lincoln City in February 2017, the 2-0 win over Yeovil in September 2017 and the goalless draw with Luton Town the following month.
“It will be a good match up. You can never tell what is going to happen, but Crawley have got a goals ratio which is strong, and they should have probably scored more goals as they’ve created a lot of chances and got a lot of good attacking players. But as much as we defend, we’ve got to attack and when we attack we’ve also got to defend, so we’re looking for a complete performance this weekend, and if we get that then we give ourselves a chance.”
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