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Preview: Crawley Town (H)

16 August 2019

The Iron return to action at the Sands Venue Stadium this Saturday as they play host to Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two (3pm kick-off).

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17 August 2019


This weekend’s match will see Crawley Town come into the match following consective victories in league and cup. They beat Salford City last weekend 2-0 in their first home game of the season before overhauling Walsall in midweek in round one of the Carabao Cup. Contrastingly, the Iron were beaten in both of their corresponding encounters, but come into the match following a much-improved performance and only a slender 1-0 defeat to Championship opposition Derby County.


Iron boss Paul Hurst confirmed to the press ahead of the game that striker Lee Novak will miss the encounter as they wait for news on an ankle injury which forced him off during the first half on Saturday.

Meanwhile, James Perch misses out through the final match of a three-game suspension that came after picking up his 15th booking of the season on the final day of last season at Plymouth Argyle.

Kyle Wootton will be assessed ahead of the game after suffering with concussion last weekend, while Jordan Clarke is likely to miss out following a quad injury.

Elsewhere, Andy Dales (hamstring), Clayton Lewis (thigh), Levi Sutton (knee ligaments) and Lewis Butroid (ankle) are out of contention due to injuries picked up in pre-season.


Opposition manager Gabriele Cioffi wants his team to continue their attacking threat as they top the shooting charts in the whole of the EFL.

Five different players have already scored in the Red Devils' three matches so far with Bez Lubala, Nathan Ferguson, Tom Dallison and Ashley Nadesan all notching their first goals for the Reds in the first two weeks of the season.

Cioffi said: "We know one of our problems last season was not being ruthless enough in front of goal. It is something we have worked very hard on during pre-season. So far we have scored six goals and I read somewhere that we have already created 50 shots on goal in two games, more than any side in the EFL.

"We want this to continue, to be an offensive team because we know it also makes the fans happy when they see us playing on the front foot."


The last time that the two sides have met was in April 2015, when the Iron ran out 2-1 winners.

Paddy Madden steered home the winner into the top corner of the net from close range, while Jordan Clarke's driven effort across goal took a wicked deflection to wrongfoot the 'keeper for the opener.

2014-15 - Sat Apr 11 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Crawley Dickson (og), Madden
2014-15 - Sat Nov 22 LG 1 Crawley 2-2 Iron Madden, Taylor
2012-13 - Sat Feb 9 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Crawley Ryan, Canavan
2012-13 - Sat Aug 18 LG 1 Crawley 3-0 Iron  
LEAGUE 2 1 1
TOTAL 2 1 1


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