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Opposition profile: Crawley Town

21 October 2021

With Crawley Town the visitors this weekend, we take a look at their season so far.

CURRENT POSITION

John Yems' side enter this weekend sitting 14th in League Two, following a start to the season in which they have won five, drawn two and lost six.

The most recent victory came at Rochdale on October 9th, when they won 1-0 through a goal from Kwesi Appiah. Previous successes this season have been against Bradford at home (2-1), Colchester away (1-0), Carlisle at home (2-1) and Salford at home (2-1).

LAST TIME OUT


Second-half goals from Matt Jay, Nigel Atangana and Sam Nombe gave Exeter a 3-1 victory at 10-man Crawley on Tuesday night.

The hosts, who had led through Kwesi Appiah's header, had striker Ashley Nadesan dismissed for two bookable offences before half-time as they went down to back-to-back defeats.



THE MANAGER

John Yems was appointed as Manager on a contract initially until the end of the 2019/20 season in December 2019.

This is his second spell in charge of the Reds. Alongside Ben Judge and Dave Woozley, he led Reds to Conference safety on the last day of the 2006-07 season after they had started the campaign with a ten-point deduction.

John was assistant to Exeter manager Paul Tisdale for 18 months from 2009 and then spent six years with AFC Bournemouth and played an important part in the Cherries’ rise from League One to the Premier League in his role as Football Operations Manager. He was part of Eddie Howe’s management team and had responsibility for coaching and recruitment.

He has also worked at Fulham, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Torquay and Gillingham and is a UEFA A License coach.

TOP SCORER

Kwesi Appiah is their top marksman with four goals to his name so far. One of the players to join Crawley in the summer transfer window, Appiah made the switch to The People’s Pension Stadium from Indian Super League side NorthEast United.

He started his career at Ebbsfleet, before moving onto Peterborough. He failed to break into the Posh’s first-team, spending time away on loan. Permanent spells at Brackley, Thurrock and Margate followed, before a four-and-a-half-year long period at Crystal Palace.

Appiah made six league appearances for Palace, spending the majority of his time out on loan at the likes of Cambridge, Reading and Norwegian side Viking. He spent three years at AFC Wimbledon, before his move to India.

THE EVER-PRESENTS


Crawley have three players who have started all 13 league games, and these are goalkeeper Glenn Morris and midfielders Jack Powell and Jake Hessenthaler.

THE SQUAD

NO NAME POS AGE PREVIOUS CLUB LG APPS (GOALS)
1 Glenn Morris GK 27 Gillingham 13 (0)
2 Archie Davies DF 23 Brighton 8 (0)
3 Owen Gallacher DF 22 Burton 1 (0)
4 George Francomb MF 30 AFC Wimbledon 10 (0)
5 Tony Craig DF 36 Bristol R 9 (0)
6 Tom Dallison DF 25 Falkirk 12 (0)
7 Reece Grego-Cox FW 24 Woking  
8 Jack Powell MF 27 Maidstone 13 (0)
9 Tom Nichols FW 28 Bristol R 9 (1)
10 Ashley Nadesan FW 27 Fleetwood 10 (1)
11 Tyler Frost MF 22 Reading 6 (0)
12 Alex Battle FW 22 Truro C 1 (0)
13 Ricky German FW 22 Hendon 0 (0)
14 James Tilley FW 23 Grimsby 3 (0)
15 Ludwig Francillette DF 22 Newcastle 6 (0)
16 Harry Ransom DF 22 Millwall 0 (0)
17 Manny Adebowale DF 24 Eastbourne 0 (0)
18 Will Ferry MF 20 Southampton (loan) 10 (1)
19 Jordan Tunnicliffe DF 28 AFC Fylde 1 (0)
20 Sam Matthews MF 24 Bristol R 1 (0)
21 Kwesi Appiah FW 31 NorthEast U 11 (4)
22 Zaid Al Hussaini MF 21 Hampton & Richmond Boro 0 (0)
23 Sam Ashford FW 25 Hemel Hempstead 8 (1)
25 Nicholas Tsaroulla DF 22 Brentford 10 (2)
26 Szymon Kowalczyk MF 18 None 0 (0)
27 Rafiq Khaleel MF 18 None 0 (0)
28 Jack Payne MF 29 Eastleigh 13 (1)
30 Amrit Bansal-McNulty MF 21 QPR (loan) 1 (0)
31 Alfie Jones GK 21 MK Dons 0 (0)
35 Davide Rodari FW 22 Hastings 0 (0)
37 Joel Lynch DF 34 Sunderland 4 (1)
38 Dion Henry GK 24 Billericay 0 (0)
39 Jake Hessenthaler MF 27 Grimsby 13 (3)
40 Blondy Nna Noukeu GK 20 Stoke City (loan) 0 (0)
45 Mark Marshall MF 34 Northampton 4 (0)

 


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