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PREVIEW: SWINDON TOWN

A look ahead to Saturday's action at The People's Pension Stadium

25 October 2019

Reds take on another of the pacesetters in League 2 on Saturday, when we play Swindon Town at The People's Pension Stadium, kick off 3pm. 

SCENE SETTER

Reds remained 13th after Tuesday's battling 1-1 draw at Newport County. On the same night top scorer Eoin Doyle's goal earned Swindon a 1-0 win over Stevenage to move them up to seventh in the table. 

ONE TO WATCH

One player Reds will need to be wary of is striker Doyle. The 31-year-old former Ireland international joined the Robins on a season-long loan from Bradford in the summer – and has already scored nine goals.

He scored six of those in four games earlier in the campaign and has been on target in both the recent matches against Plymouth and Crewe as well as Tuesday's late winner at the County Ground.

TEAM NEWS

Reds are almost back to full strength squad-wise with Ollie Palmer, George Francomb and Dannie Bulman all back in training.

ROBINS-REDS LINKS

A regular in Swindon’s midfield this season is Michael Doughty. The 28-year-old was a QPR player when he spent the first half of the 2011-12 season on loan with us. Michael his only Reds’ goal in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Bury. Michael has since gone on to play for Aldershot, St Johnstone, Stevenage and Peterborough. He is in his second spell with the Robins, having spent time at the County Ground on loan from 2016-17.

WE'VE MET BEFORE

This will be the 15th meeting between the clubs, the most famous – from our perspective – being the first two back in 2010 when we drew 1-1 with Swindon in the second round of the FA Cup, before winning the replay 3-2 on an icy night in Wiltshire.

The 12 Football League meetings saw Swindon win the first three but since then there have been four Crawley wins and five draws so we are unbeaten against them since August 2012. Filipe Morais’s goal settled the last meeting back in January when Glenn Morris saved a late penalty to seal a 1-0 victory. Our last fixture here was a 2-2 draw in August 2017.

FORM GUIDE

Swindon returned to winning ways against Stevenage having temporarily dropped out of the play-off places after a 3-1 loss at Crewe last Saturday. In contrast to last season they have struggled against the top teams this term. They have also been beaten by Bradford City and Newport County, and have drawn against Exeter City, Cheltenham Town and Plymouth Argyle. They have won three times on the road but have lost the last two on their travels. 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Michael Salisbury is in charge on Saturday. More details on previous Reds' appointments here 

HOW THEY BET*

Crawley win: 13/8

Draw: 23/10

Newport win: 6/4

*Odds correct with EFL partners Sky Bet at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly. 

COVERAGE

You can listen to the game with commentary from BBC Sussex & Surrey Sport's Gary Smith from 2.55pm. Subscribe to iFollow Crawley by clicking here.

There will also be coverage across our social media channels throughout the game. @crawleytown on Twitter, Crawley Town FC on Facebook and officialcrawleytownfc on Instagram followed by post-match report and reaction.

COME ON YOU REDS!


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