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PREVIEW | Exiles looking to bounce back against Crawley Town

19 April 2021

Newport County AFC face Crawley Town at Rodney Parade on Tuesday, with both clubs still in the fight for Sky Bet League Two play-off places.

Just three points separate the sides coming into the game, with games coming thick and fast in the run-in.

Here, you can find all the facts and statistics ahead of the Sky Bet League Two fixture...

The opposition - Crawley Town

Crawley find themselves in 12th place in the SkyBet League Two table after picking up 59 points from 42 games. The Reds have won 16 of their matches, drawing 11 and losing 15 times.

Town began the season with a spell of erratic form that saw them win twice, draw twice and lose once in their opening five games. Their best spell came through February/March, in which they picked up five wins in seven games.

Of late, the Reds have won their last two matches, winning 2-0 away at Bradford and 1-0 at home to Cheltenham.

Team news

Ryan Haynes returned for County on the weekend after a spell on the sidelines, while Matty Dolan missed out with concussion.

Crawley have been hit with a few injuries, including Reece Grego-Cox and Tom Dallison. They will also assess Mark Wright, Henry Burnett and Tyler Frost, while defender Tony Craig was named on the bench on Friday.

One to watch – Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols has had the unenviable job of trying to take over from Max Watters, who left for the Championship in January. Nichols has 15 goals this season, 11 of which have come in the league.

The 27-year-old hit a purple patch in early March, where he netted four goals in six matches in which Town lost just one.

Coming into the match, the forward has not scored in eight games, a record he will be looking to rectify at Rodney Parade.

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Manager – John Yems

John Yems was appointed Head Coach at Crawley on a contract initially until the end of this season in December 2019. It is Yems’ second spell in charge of Crawley, where in his first he led the Reds to Conference safety on the last day of the 2006-07 season after a ten-point deduction.

Prior to Crawley, Yems spent six years with AFC Bournemouth and played a pivotal role in their rise from League One to the Premier League in his role as Football Operations Manager.

The 61-year-old has also worked at Fulham, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Torquay and Gillingham.

Last meeting between the sides

The last meeting between the sides came in December, where the points were shared at The People’s Pension Stadium.

County took an early lead when Ryan Haynes curled home an effort after five minutes, but the visitors were pegged back through a Mickey Demetriou own goal.

Crawley’s Tarryn Allarakhia was sent off on the hour mark, but the Exiles were unable to capitalise and find a winner.


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