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Since we last met: Crawley Town

13 January 2023

Club News

Since we last met: Crawley Town

13 January 2023

Rovers travel south this weekend to take on Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two.

Danny Schofield’s side go into the game looking to get back to winning ways after being beaten 1-0 at league leaders Leyton Orient last time out.

The last meeting:

Rovers produced their biggest win of the season so far when the two teams last met back in September. 

Two goals from George Miller, along with a header from Joseph Olowu and a fine individual effort from Kyle Hurst secured a 4-1 victory at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Crawley’s recent form:

Crawley have won one of their previous six league outings, stretching back to a goalless draw at home to Gillingham on November 22. Their only win in recent weeks came against Swindon, who they beat 2-0 at the Broadfield Stadium in their first game in December.

They ended the calendar year with three straight losses though, against Hartlepool United, Sutton United and Stevenage respectively. The Red Devils looked to be starting 2023 in fine style having taken a 2-0 lead thanks to a Dom Telford double against his former club Newport. The Exiles fought back though and the game ended 2-2 in South Wales.

Key men:

Winger James Tilley joined Crawley from fellow Sky Bet League Two side Grimsby Town in January 2021.

A product of the Brighton and Hove Albion Academy, the 24-year-old’s first loan spell came with Yeovil Town in 2019, where he made 21 appearances. He then moved north to join Grimsby on a permanent deal but just 10 league starts in 12 months at Blundell Park meant a move closer to home with Crawley made sense for all parties.

Tilley has now made more than 70 appearances since arriving at the Broadfield Stadium, scoring 11 goals in the process. He has five to his name so far this season, including one at the Eco-Power in the reverse fixture.

Forward Ashley Nadesan joined Crawley on a permanent deal from Fleetwood Town in the summer of 2019.

The 28-year-old made 24 appearances for the Cod Army, and also had two loan spells with Carlisle United. If he starts on Saturday, it will be the 100th time Nadesan has done so in Crawley colours. He has made more than 200 career appearances and is approaching 50 goals, six of which have come this season

Striker Dom Telford in the summer after the most successful season of his career last time around.

The 25-year-old was courted by several clubs after finishing as top scorer in Sky Bet League Two with Newport County last season, finding the back of the net 25 times.

After struggling to find his feet at the start of the campaign, he now has eight goals to his name this season, including three in his last two appearances. 

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