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Match Preview: Crawley (A)

26 January 2018

Crawley Town vs Accrington Stanley | Checkatrade.com Stadium | 3.00pm | Sky Bet League Two |

Accrington Stanley head to West Sussex to face Crawley Town at the Checkatrade.com Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Four straight wins have saw Stanley move back into third, and the automatic promotion places, following a blip in-form before Christmas.

During that blip Stanley encountered Harry Kewell's men at the Wham Stadium, losing 3-2, and Crawley head into this one with confidence sky-high following a 2-1 win at second place Notts County on Tuesday.

Head-to-Head:

Stanley wins – 3

Games drawn – 2

Crawley wins – 2

Last Time Out:

The two sides met just four weeks ago at the Wham Stadium. Crawley raced into a 3-0 first-half lead, with a Jordan Clark OG and a double from Enzio Boldewijn.

Stanley launched a fightback in the second period, Billy Kee scoring from the spot, before substitute Ben Richards-Everton fired a second to set up a grandstand finish.

But the Reds couldn't find the crucial third meaning that Harry Kewell's men left with all three points.

Team News:

John Coleman has only skipper Seamus Conneely missing, as he continues to recover from groin surgery. The Irish-man has returned to light training but it isn't expected to feature for at least three to four weeks.

His opposite number Harry Kewell could once again be without versatile forward Jordan Roberts, who is a doubt with the same hamstring injury that caused him to miss Tuesday's win at Notts County.

Creative midfielder Mark Randall returned to action for the final 15 minutes of that game and could be in line for a return to the starting 11 tomorrow afternoon.

One to Watch – Enzio Boldewijn

Fresh from his brace at the Wham Stadium in December, the Dutch winger has since added a further three goals to his tally for the season.

Boldewijn has been a virtual ever present for Crawley, since his arrival in the summer of 2016.

The 25-year-old has made a total of 83 appearances, scoring 12 goals and will be looking to give the Reds another uncomfortable afternoon with his pace and ability to cut inside and shoot.

Man in the Middle – Gavin Ward

Ward will take charge of Saturday's game alongside linesmen Steve Brown, Scott Taylor and fourth official Ben Cobb.

He's taken charge of 30 matches so far this season and was in the middle for Stanley's 3-2 defeat away to Stevenage back in October.

Ward has shown 81 yellow and four red cards this campaign and oversaw Crawley's 2-0 home victory against Mansfield last month.

Can't make the match?You can follow along on social media using @ASFCofficial on Twitter, or via the club's official Facebook and Instagram pages.

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