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

24 January 2020

Club News


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

24 January 2020

Reds are back at The People's Pension Stadium on Saturday when we take on Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League 2 action, kick off 3pm.

It is less than a month since the sides met at Blundell Park when Ashley Nadesan's first-half goal (pictured) earned Crawley a 1-1 draw.

Since then the experienced Ian Holloway has taken over as Grimsby boss. 


Last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Walsall was Reds' first since December 21. Based on the last six results Reds are eighth in the League 2 form table, with three wins and two draws during that time. We are unbeaten at home in the League since a 1-0 defeat to Exeter City in November.

Grimsby have only lost once in their last six away from home in the league, a 2-0 defeat against Northampton Town. Holloway guided them to a 1-0 win over Mansfield earlier this month and they have drawn 1-1 at Leyton Orient since then. A win tomorrow could lift Reds up to 13th while Grimsby - who are 17th and two points and two places below Crawley - will move above Reds if they win.


No team in the bottom half of the table have conceded fewer goals than the Mariners' 30, although they have struggled at the other end with 25 goals the fourth lowest in the division. Holloway boosted his attacking options earlier this month by signing Billy Clarke, after he'd had a short spell with Plymouth Argyle.

Clarke is fondly remembered by Reds fans for his spell here between 2012-14. He helped Reds win promotion to League One and establish themselves in the third tier before joining Bradford City. He scored 24 goals in 94 league and cup appearances for Crawley.


John Yems: "Another tough game for sure. Ian Holloway going there is a good appointment for Grimsby and I am sure he will get them up the table, but my concern is my players and my team. We let ourselves down a bit at Walsall last week and I am looking for a response. If we're going to climb the table and get in a position we feel we deserve to be the home form has to continue to be solid. They will make it tough for us but I want our fans to create a good atmosphere, as they have done in the last few weeks, and really drive the team forward."

Ian Holloway: “We’ve got two tough games coming up, I watched them (Crawley) and I was quite impressed with them. They do things really well, I watched the game when they beat Bradford, but I’ve got a bit of a plan of what we can do against it, and hopefully the lads can carry it out.”


Reece Grego-Cox and Joe McNerney returned after injury in the Senior Cup on Tuesday and will be in contention.

Grimsby have a lengthy list of absentees. Ahkeem Rose, Harry Davis, Jordan Cook and Matt Green are all missing while defender Luke Waterfall completes a three-match ban.


Nick Kinseley will be the referee. More information on who's in charge here 


Reds are 11/10 favourites with Grimsby 5/2 and the draw 21/10. Odds provided by Sky Bet. Please gamble responsibly.


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