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Re: League Two

Postby goodtimesdisco » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:29 am

Back on form COME ON YOU REDS! :bounce

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Re: League Two

Postby steveizy » Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:35 pm

Morecambe 6 Crawley 0

Oh dear!

Crawley were outplayed in all departments in this top of the table clash. Admittedly, Crawley have injury problems and Steve Evans had to put together a side that included new 'emergency signing' Scott Griffiths from Peterborough (who played quite well considering the few days he had to train with the club) and reserves in our midfield/defence.

We were behind after 9 minutes as Carlton scored his first of what would become a hat trick, then again after 22 mins as Fenton got another. HT Morcambe 2- Crawley 0. Down by 2 goals at half-time is not great but many games have been won from that position in the past. Today wasn't going to be one of those.

After a brighter start it wasn't long before things turned bad for The Reds as Carlton got his 2nd after 62 minutes, then Elison on 69 mins, before Carlton completed his hat trick on 72 mins. Ten minutes saw The Reds concede three goals and any hope of a comeback.was gone. To add insult to injury, we gave them a penalty which was duly converted by Wilson in the 84th minute and that was that.

Dreadful result but we have to bounce right back for the big match against Swindon which Evans has dubbed "Di Canio's circus coming to town" :lol: Evans made those comments to wind-up Di Canio - who seems somewhat volatile - when Crawley were on a roll. Maybe he is regretting them now. Tuesday will see :yes
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Re: League Two

Postby steveizy » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:18 pm

Crawley 3 Bradford City 1

Crawley are back to winning ways after the recent run of disastrous results!

A game of two halves has never been a truer statement. Bradford opened the scoring after just twelve minutes as our defence slipped up and allowed Reid a soft goal. Oh dear again! Murmurs were circulating around amongst the fans about how poor the defence was and how the game was going to be yet another defeat :thumbsdown The score remained 0-1 until half-time.

I don't know what Steve Evans said or did during the interval but whatever it was had the desired effect. The Crawley team that emerged for the second half, with no substitutions, was a different team, reminiscent of the real Crawley that we are all used to watching or reading about :thumbsup

Bradford were totally outclassed by The Reds from the whistle, instead of hoofing long balls hopefully forward, we started to play the passing game on the ground and building moves. It wasn't long before this paid off. Man of the Match, in just about everyone's eyes Tyrone Barnett, headed home from a beautiful Tubbs cross. The Broadfield erupted wildly :applause

We kept them under continuous pressure with hardly a Bantams excursion into our half as we piled on attack after attack and eight minutes after the equaliser new signing and débutante Andy Drury put us ahead with a well taken goal from close range. Well done Andy :blob8 Great stuff :thumbsup By now The Broadfield was really buzzing like it used to. Crawley had put the recent problems behind and were back on a roll :scarf :mexican :scarf

Bradford held out for most of the remainder of the half under siege until the 88th minute when Tyrone Barnett showed his class again when he evaded a defender then their goalkeeper to leave himself a sidefoot into their open goal - Simply brilliant!

It's been an interesting week - with the injury crisis, Steve Evans has had to do a fair bit of business on the Loan market as the Transfer window is closed until January. This has resulted in five new signings all at short notice. With little or no time for the new players to gel with the team, it is amazing that the team did indeed gel. By the second half today, things were starting to work and a bit more time together with the squad will work wonders.

Back to a reasonable 5th place in League 2 after beating what was a Premiership club a decade ago, Crawley have done well and will be a contender for promotion this season if they continue like they did in the 2nd half today :punch
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Re: League Two

Postby 51D » Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:58 pm

COME ON YOU REDS! :mexican

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Re: League Two

Postby yelly » Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:47 pm

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Re: League Two

Postby steveizy » Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:30 pm

Aldershot Town 0 - Crawley Town 1

Great result for us today as we bounce back into form! Away wins are even nicer :-D

I took a coach from The Half- Moon to the EBB Stadium, also known as The Recreation Ground. Strange place, quite dated with a walk through a park for us away fans to this highly segregated stadium. First impressions aside, it is actually a good stadium with a great atmosphere that allowed us to be in full voice throughout the match as everything seemed amplified by the stadium design! We out sang and out insulted their fans for the whole match :applause

Back to the game and I apologise for using the worn-out cliché about this being a game of two halves... yet again! But it was just that.

The first half saw both teams finish equal 0-0 and, if anything, The Shots probably had the better chances.

I'm not sure why this happens, but Crawley seem to perform much better after the break. It can only really be because they get told the error of their ways by Steve Evans :censored

Crawley came out flying for the second half, winning most of the possession, keeping the ball down, playing passing moves and creating chances. This worked. Aldershot were pinned into their half most of the time.

On 64 minutes, Tyronne Barnett got the decider from a Doughty cross, my view was obstructed by one of the pillars that support the stadium roof but the ball was in the net and that was all that mattered! The Reds kept pushing and we had several more chances in the remaining time while Aldershot and their fans were subdued.

FT 0-1 and a great away result that lifts us up to fourth on goal difference in League 2.

Great afternoon out with pleasant company on the coach and a very important win behind us :blob8

Next-up is against Plymouth Argyle at The Broadfield on Sat. 1st October. Plymouth currently reside at the bottom of the table and could accurately be described as a "Club in Crisis" However, this week the man blamed for their problems, Peter Ridsdale announced that he is dropping his attempt to take the club over. This seems to have given them a bit of a boost as Plymouth unexpectedly beat Macclesfield for their first win of the season :shock: I still think we will take the points though :yes
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Re: League Two

Postby Nevis » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:09 pm

Come on you Reds :applause :scarf :mexican :blob8

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Re: League Two

Postby steveizy » Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:26 pm

Crawley Town 2 - Plymouth Argyle 0

Crawley go into second place in League 2 after a brace from Matt Tubbs put paid to a Pilgrims revival after their home win against Macclesfield last week gave them hope. Plymouth stay bottom of the League for now.

The first goal came in the 4th minute when Tubbs converted a McFadzean cross. Was a goal-fest on the cards? - we all hoped for one but Plymouth held their ground under pressure from The Reds and a couple of times they were able to counter attack and find holes in our defence. Shearer, in goal, wasn't really tested though as the attacks fizzled out. This is a worry - a better team would quite possibly have taken advantage of our defensive errors and got a goal or two. The score remained 1-0 until HT.

I've noted before that Crawley often play better in the second halves. Today was an exception. The second half was much like the first as The Reds had a greater percentage of the play and more chances as they did in the first but somehow seemed to lack that killer touch. It didn't matter. After 61 minutes Matt Tubbs was there again, unmarked, to smash a lay-on in from Bulman about 6 yards out to make our victory that bit safer. This, being in the second half , was into the goal at the home end which of course resulted in rapturous celebration :mexican Plymouth had a chance turned wide by Shearer but that was the closest The Pilgrims came and the only real test for Shearer in the match.

The "Green Army" had a very respectable 800+ fans behind them out of a disappointingly low 3100 or so and sang and cheered all the way through. Great supporters and nice people. I hope that they can pick themselves up now they have good news about their future. In fact, I shall have a soft spot for them for the rest of the season and wish them well. Except for January 21st 2012 of course - when we make the longish trip down there ;-) I'm hoping to go to this and it would be brilliant if we manage to take 400+ from our lesser fanbase to return the compliment and, of course, come away with three points!

Great afternoon out --- good result :-D

Next up is away at Northampton. I should be going :banana Then on Sat.15th high flyers Shrewsbury Town at The Broadfield for what promises to be a tough match.
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Re: League Two

Postby steveizy » Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:08 am

Northampton 0 - Crawley 1

Apologies for the late post, I have been making use of the good weather to catch up with outside jobs. I didn't go to this televised match in the end and it seems I didn't miss much :indifferent

The two sides were fairly evenly balanced and The Cobblers resorted to hoofball for large parts of the match. The trouble with this tactic was that Crawley played hoofball better :-D

Matt Tubbs got the only goal of the match after a free-kick from Drury found him at the edge of the box. Matt took the chance well and drove the ball home. Barnett had another chance just wide before the break.

The second half was much the same with Crawley having several shots and Northampton hardly testing Shearer. "Big" John Akinde was brought on as a substitute for Barnett -who may have been carrying an injury. John nearly scored within minutes of coming on after his skillful footwork evaded several defenders. Unfortunately his last touch sent the ball over the bar. I hope John gets some more match time as I feel he has so much to offer with his skill, speed, strength and physical size. When he gets his first league goal for us it will open up the floodgates and many more will follow :thumbsup It is hard for him to break into the first team with the quality of our strikers Tubbs and Barnett though.

Northampton nearly equalised in the closing stages as Shearer was beaten but the ball rebounded harmlessly off the crossbar. The score remained 0-1 until the whistle.

Three points, away points especially, are good news even if the football left something to be desired :lol: Crawley - because of the early kick-off were top of the table for a few hours until Southend won away at Crewe. We are now in 2nd place behind Southend with goal difference separating the sides.

We look forward to Shrewsbury visiting The Broadfield on Saturday. This will be a tough match and many pundits are predicting a draw. Not me! I am going for a tight Crawley win, maybe 1-0 or 2-1. The Salopians (sounds like they come from another planet :lol: ) are in 4th place, two points behind The Reds but their away form has been inconsistent this season, like ours. It should be a good match and hopefully the weather will be nice.

If you feel like a good afternoon out, please come along and support The Reds. It would be nice to meet some fellow mzawfers there and I will be there with Carol in our normal place in the South terrace at the back to the right of the goal so you will be assured of a warm welcome :-D

:scarf :scarf COME ON YOU REDS! :scarf :scarf :reddevils :crawleyscarf

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Re: League Two

Postby steveizy » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:00 pm

Crawley 2 - Shrewsbury 1

Crawley go clear at the top of League 2 :banana

A tough match for Crawley - The Shrews were hard to tame :hyper

The first half started with The Salopians in control and finding several holes, having a couple of attempts to test Shearer. This changed when, in the 14th Minute, Barnett flicked on a pass to Sergio Torres to put us one up. "HE'S HERE, HE'S THERE, HE'S EVERY F*****G WHERE, SERGIO SERGIO, " was sung out louder than ever before :applause

The Reds seemed to gain more control and play was mostly in our favour then after 43 minutes Dean Howell, who has just returned from injury, in combination with a Matt Tubbs deception produced a superb set-piece free kick that curled past the Shrewsbury wall. :applause 2-0 at half time.

The second half was the opposite of what we have come used to at The Broadfield. Crawley seemed to take their foot off the gas a bit and The Shrews pressed us. Then at 73 minutes Mark Wright managed to pull one back for them. 2-1

Crawley held their nerve though and after a few tense moments managed to secure the very important three points that see us go two points clear at the top of the table :scarf

It was a beautiful sunny autumn afternoon, which attracted 3038 Crawley supporters and 415 travelling Shrews. A good attendance and atmosphere. Nice to have three points. And the best double bacon cheeseburger I've had there yet :yum :bounce I'm happy :-D

Next for us is the local derby against our fellow league climbers AFC Wimbledon away at The Kingsmeadow stadium near Wimbledon. We beat them in the knock out to the Carling cup recently and of course beat them by 15 points last season in the Blue Square Premier :rotfl The Plastics lost at home 1-3 to midplaced Crewe and now are sitting in sixth place. This game is sold out nearly now for Crawley Supporters as we have sold almost or all of our 750 ticket allocation. The Red Army is gaining strength!

I'll be there with Carol... and of course report back.
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