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Preview: Crawley Town (A)

15 February 2013

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Rovers face a tricky Monday night trip to League One New boys Crawley Town



Crawley were the surprise victors in the first ever game between Doncaster Rovers and Crawley Town on August 25th, although for Crawley; who were just two games into a fairytale football league existence, the result was just further early evidence that they might be able to continue their meteoric rise up the football league with two wins in the opening three games.
A close yet open affair, the game was decided by a sole deflection from Nicky Ajose, leaving Doncaster rueing a host of missed opportunities. After making an exciting start to the season including a In against Bolton in the Cup Crawley’s form has levelled out as they have tried to acclimatize the rigors of League One football seeing the more fancied clubs pull away into the playoff positions. 

Rovers have been one of the teams blazing a trail for the rest this season and despite only winning once in the last 4 games are still ideally placed in an automatic promotion spot with the a valuable game in hand that could see them go top with the right results. The draw with MK Dons last time out may be viewed as a point gained in the coming months but only if Rovers can get back to winning ways quickly with the top 6 teams all separated from each other by a single point giving the top end of the table an extremely tight complexion. 

Crawley currently lie in 15th place, which despite being a very credible position for any newly promoted side in mid February, is the lowest position that the club have occupied this season. 

The steady decline in league position has coincided with form that has seen the Red Devils not record a win since January 1st   with losses in the last home and away fixtures. Sitting in 9th place three games ago Crawley will be eager to return to the top half in time for a late playoff run to cap a very successful first season in League One.

It is home form that has been fairly solid this year for Crawley who have only lost 4 out of their 14 games at Broadfield Stadium. Rovers will need to rediscover the outstanding away form that remains the best in the division with 10 wins and 3 draws out of 15 games. 

Despite a few noticeable injuries to forward players Rovers will be hopeful of breaking down a Crawley defence that is only the 16th best in League One and from a home point of view only the 18th best defensive record averaging just under 1.5 goals conceded per game. 

Interesting link between the Clubs

Crawley plugged their defence in the January transfer window by signing former Rovers and Sierra Leone International defender Mustapha Dumbuya.

Last Meeting – League – 25/08/2012

Result – 

Doncaster Rovers – 0 

Crawley Town – 1 (Ajose, 87 mins)

Teams – 

– Martin Woods,  Paul Quinn, Jamie McCombe, Rob Jones, Tommy Spurr, David Cotterill, David Syers, Martin Woods, Kyle Bennett, Billy Paynter, Chris BrownRovers 

(Subs) - James Coppinger (Brown 64 mins, James Husband, Robbie Blake, James Harper, Paul Keegan, Neil Sullivan

 – Paul Jones, David Hunt, Claude Davis, Kyle McFadzean, Matt Sadler, Nicky Adams, Shaun Cooper, Hope Akpan, Sergio Torres, Gary Alexander, Nicky AjoseCrawley Town

(Subs) – Josh Simpson (Davis 69 mins, Dannie Bulman (Ajose 90 mins), Mark Connolly, Billy Clarke, Jonathan Forte, Scott Neilson, Michel Kuipers.

Team News:

David Syers (ankle) and Iain Hume (calf) will miss out again on Monday, whilst Paul Keegan has an outside chance to feature. 

Billy Paynter should feature after playing with illness on Tuesday evening however Andy Griffin will miss out.

Rob Jones and the boys will have revenge on their mind when they travel down to the Broadfield Stadium to face Crawley Town in front of the Sky cameras on Monday evening.


, even though the visitors have lost just twice on the road in League 1 all season and Crawley have only won six of their 14 home games so far.17/10 to complete the double over Rovers, who are quoted at 8/5 make Town slight favourites at Bet ButlerA late goal from Nicky Ajose gave Richie Barker’s side a fortunate 1-0 win at the Keepmoat in August and 


.2/1 and you can back the score at half time to be 0-0 at 12/5Rovers are seeking a first win in four matches but hope to have a few of their walking wounded back in action in Sussex. The draw is available at 

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Generally dry, cloudy at times, some bright intervals. A brisk south-easterly breeze setting in making it feel colder and perhaps bringing light showers into some eastern counties.



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Rovers Player:
Live and exclusive coverage of Crawley Town v Doncaster Rovers at Broadfield Stadium in npower League One on Monday 18th February 2013 will be available on Rovers Player from 7:30pm. Contact the commentary team on Twitter @drfc_official throughout the evening.

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