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The year long wait has ended with an away win at last

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How good does that look.

The supporters can now start to believe that we could be in for a good season, after the team recorded their first away win since Leyton Orient on the 24th August 2019, over a year ago. Ironically by the same 3-2 score-line and having to come from behind to win that game.

The win was all the sweeter as it was against former manager Harry Kewell, whose departure from Crawley to Notts County left a bitter taste in the mouth.

John Yems line up was a bit surprising going into the game with both Tom Nichols and Ashley Nadesan starting in an attacking 4-4-2 line up. Tarryn Allarakhia came in for the injured Sam Matthews, with striker Ricardo German also dropping to the bench for Nadesan.

From the start you could see that Kewell’s style of play hasn’t changed, still playing out from the back, passing sideways and backwards which so annoyed the fans at Crawley, which must be said is doing the same at Boundary Park if you believe all you read by the Latic’s supporters on the social media.

Crawley played with improving energy and guile for the complete 90 minutes and despite going behind on 30 minutes were giving the home side plenty to think about. From conceding the opening goal, an easy header from striker Danny Rowe the Red Devils were level within a minute. Allarakhia sped down the wing and cut in before cutting back a great pass to the feet of Nadesan who calmly shot passed the home keeper for the equaliser.

The visitors were now playing with much more confidence, passing and control was much better than in the two previous league matches. Then on 39 minutes up steps captain George Francomb – he passes the ball to Ferguson, who intern passes to Nadesan, his cut back is missed by Ferguson but falls to the feet of Francomb whose first touch is brilliant, he then unleashes from 25 yards beating the diving keeper into the net for the lead. You could feel the whole of the Crawley supporters watching on TV jumping up and down in their homes – an absolute screamer. You couldn’t believe it Crawley winning away from home at Half time.

The second half started as the first with Oldham having the better of the possession but not exactly doing anything with it just passing side to side, backwards and forwards in their own half, occasionally venturing into to the Crawley half. Crawley then struck again with captain Francomb providing the perfect cross for Tom Nichols to head home at the far post to give the Red Devils a two goal advantage on 69 minutes – with 21 minutes remaining surely the away win was on. Not yet, the home side responded and pulled one back with 10 minutes to go. Crawley were now sitting back and taking everything that Oldham were trying. Yem’s had brought on Hassenthaler for which looked like an injury to Dannie Bulman earlier, but then in the final throws of the game Jack Powell for Ferguson and finally German for Nichols which gave the visitors a bit more energy to see out the game. Added time, still in the lead and only seconds remaining, a cross from the left fell to Callum Whelan, his first touch brought it on to his left foot, his powerful shot sailed wide of the goal and into the empty stand beyond – that was mighty close – final whistle and the win was there for all to rejoice, players, Management, Directors and off course the fans who have waited patiently for this to happen and unfortunately we unable to be at Boundary Park to witness it live – it would have been a great trip home on the coach.

My “Man of the Match” would be Tarryn Allarakhia his energy and overall game has come on leaps and bounds over the time he has been with the club – yesterday he took the departed Panutche Camara’s roll and certainly gave a great performance – he now needs to start scoring and we have found another gem.

The League Table looks a bit odd at the moment – when you consider the teams in the top six include Us in 4th just one point behind the top three of Cambridge United, Port Vale and Newport County, then Morecambe 5th and Harrogate 6th promoted from the National League via the playoffs last season – and at the bottom Bolton Wanderers who were everyone’s favourite to get promoted – with one of their fans so confident that he put a bet on that they would go through the whole season winning all 46 matches – that ended quickly then.

Our next game is at home to Southend United on Saturday, another team that are struggling both on the field and off with another postponement of their court financial proceedings. A defeat yesterday against Morecambe was their third this season and are still pointless at the foot of the table.

We were pleased to be part of the clubs new pre-match entertainment programme “Talk of the Town” which we partly sponsored – it’s good to see the club trying to give the fans some light hearted fun before the games and to do a live broadcast from Oldham was going that bit further in this venture – long may it continue, but I don’t think Ant and Dec have much to worry about at the moment with our Joe and Ken. Good work keep it up.

Congratulations to our young keeper Alfie Jones who is at Burgess Hill on loan to get some match time, his debut yesterday saw him make a few good saves and earned his team a point in a 1 – 1 draw against Haywards Heath in the mid Sussex derby.

The club shop is now open for business with all the kit now available – must admit it all looks extremely good this season.

Remember to check into the Skybet Rewards on match-days – if you win a match ticket, this entitles you to watch the next game shown of iFollow for free – which includes the away games which we did yesterday – so it’s still worth doing.

Keep safe everyone.

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