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Next Up: Crawley Town v Exeter City

by Jason H on Monday, February 27th, 2017

A third successive draw means it is now four games without a win, but snatching a deserved point late on will have boosted City’s confidence going into another busy week with two away trips on the horizon. The big news from Saturday in terms of personnel was the broken ankle suffered by Robbie Simpson, meaning he will be ruled out for a lengthy period. Ollie Watkins and Reuben Reid came off the bench against Blackpool and with both scoring will hope to regain their places for the visit to Crawley, although Liam McAlinden, who spent a large part of last season on loan there, will hope to keep his place. Otherwise it’s likely to be pretty much as you were, Christy Pym was possibly culpable for both goals scored by Blackpool but his otherwise fine form should see him keep his place.

Crawley have been a difficult side to gauge this season, capable of some decent wins but also able to lose seemingly on demand as well, and are without a home win since mid-January, although they have been dealt a number of away games of late. They come into Tuesday night’s games on the back of a 2-1 win at Wycombe, whose promotion chase has faltered since their agonising defeat to Spurs in the FA Cup. Dean Cox, one of the more talented players at this level, was finally able to play for the Red Devils in January after his move from Leyton Orient which took place after the summer window had closed, but the main man has been James Collins, the prolific striker signed from Shrewsbury in the summer has 18 goals in all competitions (16 in the league) and will therefore need to be watched closely by City’s recently more leaky rearguard.

Crawley’s 1-0 win at City through a late strike from Josh Yorwerth was the first time they had recorded a victory in this fixture at the 14th attempt in all competitions (11 league games). The corresponding fixture last season on Easter Monday saw City triumph 2-0 thanks to goals in each half from Jake Taylor and Ollie Watkins. City have, in league fixtures, recorded seven victories in those 11 games with three matches ending in draws.

Match Officials for this game are:

Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referees: George Warren and Louis Marks
Fourth Official: Rob Smith

This will be his 10th game in charge of Exeter, the most recent being the 1-0 win for Exeter over Portsmouth at Fratton Park. The details of those 10 games can be found at: http://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?s=whitestone

Information on Exeter’s win at Crawley last Easter Monday can be found at http://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?sp_event=4074
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