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PREVIEW: FLEETWOOD TOWN

29 November 2019

It's FA Cup second round action on Sunday when Reds entertain League One Fleetwood Town at The People's Pension Stadium, kick off 2pm.

SCENE SETTER

Reds only win since beating Colchester in the league on October 12 was the 4-1 victory in the first round victory over Scunthorpe United. Fleetwood are fifth in League One, beating Barnet 2-0 in the first round. The Cod Army currently sit 12th in the League One form table and have won three and lost three of their last six games. They have, however, lost their last two away from home including a 2-1 defeat to bottom of the table Bolton.

INJURY NEWS

Dannie Bulman and Reece Grego-Cox return after suspension for Reds and Tom Dallison is available despite picking up a fifth yellow card against Exeter last Saturday. His ban starts next Saturday against Stevenage. Midfielder Jordan Rossiter is out for the season with a knee injury he sustained in Fleetwood's 2-1 win over Tranmere last Saturday. Rossiter is on loan from Rangers.

VIEW FROM THE CAMP

Gabriele Cioffi: "A tough game against a good opponent, we are very wary of Fleetwood's qualities. We are the underdog from a lower league but we're at home and if we can play to our potential we have the chance to win. Whatever, it's a game we are looking forward to. There is less pressure as it's a cup tie but there is pressure on ourselves because we want to win and go through to the third round. It is a while since the club was at this stage."

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Sunday's game will be only our fifth meeting with Fleetwood Town.

Two took place in our Conference-winning season in 2010-11 and the others in League One in 2014-15. 

Of the four games, Reds have won two, drawn one and suffered just one defeat. That came the last time we faced the Cod Army at Highbury early in 2015 when Dean Saunders' side slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

Earlier that season, when John Gregory was manager, a goal from Izale McLeod had given us a 1-0 win over Fleetwood.

Our first meeting in September 2010 ended in a 1-1 draw with Craig McAllister on target for Crawley.

The following March we secured a vital 2-1 win at Fleetwood against a side pushing, like ourselves, for promotion. Our goals that day came from Richard Brodie and Matt Tubbs. 

IN CHARGE

Matt Donohue will take charge of his first game at The People's Pension Stadium on Sunday.

This is his second season as a League referee. His only previous Crawley appointment was last season's 1-0 win over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank in League 2.

This season he has taken charge of 15 games, mostly in the Sky Bet Championship, and has shown 59 yellow and four red cards, includiing one in three of his last four appointments.

His assistants on Sunday are Ryan Whitaker and Justin Amey. Paul Yates is the fourth official. 

MATCH TICKETS AND HOW TO BUY

Prices - Adults £10; Concessions (over-65s, under-21s) £5; Under-16s £1; Under-11s free (must be accompanied by full-paying adult or concession).

Online and print at home here

Box Office: Opens 10am on Sunday.

By phone: 01293 410000


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