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Status of away travel
As soon as we have been informed by the club about the re-start of away matches we will then put up all the details of the start of away matches for the new season.
NEXT MATCH FOR THE RED DEVILS – LEAGUE 2 – HOME – STEVENAGE – TUESDAY 19th JANUARY 2021 – 7.00pm KICK OFF – MATCH BEING SHOWN ON iFOLLOW
Max Watters signs for Cardiff – for an undisclosed fee
Today the news came that all Crawley fans didn’t want to believe or hear – Max Watters has after all the rumours has signed for Cardiff City – in his short time at Crawley has been sensational – but the survival of the club is paramount and with this news has probably done that. We all wish him well in his career and hope that he will always remember his time at Crawley with fondness.
quick update – Goalkeeper Tom McGill has been recalled by Brighton so ends his loan period at Crawley, so the club wasted no time extending the contract of Stuart Nelson until the end of the season. We now have two experienced keepers to see out the season.
Crawley’s game against Bradford City tomorrow has been called off due to weather conditions – the game has yet to have a new date to be played.
NEW SIGNING – James Tilley has joined the Red Devils on a two and a half year contract with a years option. The 22 year old midfielder hail from Billinghurst was previously with Grimsby this season and before that was a product of the Brighton under 23’s – so he knows a few of the current squad already which will settle him in very quickly.
WE NOW FACE AFC BOURNEMOUTH AWAY IN THE FOURTH ROUND IN WHICH JOHN YEMS AND LEE BRADBURY WILL DEFINITLY BE FIRED UP FOR
Well what else can you add to the reviews that have been written about our performance against Leeds United. The 3 – 0 win was emphatic against a strong visiting side who were undone by the genius of John Yems. The Club deserved all the accolades that the National TV and Press have given them for achieving the impossible dream. It was that one in a hundred chance of winning and in an empty stadium. Such a shame that our supporters were not able to celebrate in the ground with them.
Sitting in front of the TV is not the same, Yes every one of us jumped up and down as Nick Tsaroulla fired in the opening goal in spectacular fashion, beating two defenders with a brilliant turn, then three others including Phillips an England International when he ran into the penalty area to fire past Kiko Casillias a Champions League winning goal keeper, but we all wanted to be there on the terraces and in the stands to witness it. Nick STARoulla will live on this goal throughout his lifetime now and you can’t blame him – it will be voted the goal of the round and will be up there for the goal of the season.
What followed next was again an unbelievable 20 minutes as the home side ran riot against the Premier side – two more goals in quick succession – another great thread needle pass from Tom Nichols to Ashley Nadesan to fire past the keeper at the near post, yes the ball did bounce up but that was from the divot that the keeper had made for his goal kicks. Then the killer goal, another great free kick from Sam Matthews into the penalty area, the ball came back to Nadesan who’s shot was parried by the now nervous keeper straight to Jordan Tunnicliffe who fired the ball into the net from a few yards. All the Crawley fans were on cloud nine at home, surely there was no way back for the visitors and there wasn’t, the Red Devils seeing the game out quite comfortably and could have even increased the lead when Max Watters on as a substitute was unlucky when he went round the keeper only for his tough being a bit heavy and the defender was able to stop his effort which would have put the icing on the cake.
Since the game, the majority Leeds supporters and many others on social media have been very complimentary about our performance and the result, there has been a backlash of comments about their own team’s performance but I’m not sure whether that was down to us not letting them play the Bielsa way which we know is high tempo. The master outgunned by John Yems.
The whole team deserved the praise given, each could have been voted man of the match – which the BBC team gave it to Ashley Nadesan – but the everlasting image for me will be the Nick Tsaroulla interview, the emotion just flowed out for what he had been through already in his young career – he will be another STAR in the making here at Crawley under the stewardship of John Yems.
The Talk of the Town show was again good with the guest Sergio Torres getting involved and adding to the humour. It’s a shame that he was dropped by the BBC prior to going live on the TV. There are some really good reaction chat channels on YouTube by Leeds supporters following the game – well worth a viewing if you have time.
We bought all the papers on Monday morning to read all the reviews of the game and must admit some of the tabloids made more of the Mark Wright three minute substitute appearance with their headlines than the game which is such a shame.
We have now been drawn against Championship side AFC Bournemouth in two weeks’ time which we all know was where John Yems and Lee Bradbury were employed previously – revenge could be so sweet for both of them – but that will be another of our updates nearer the time – while waiting to hear if we are going to be televised again. The draw was also made for the 5th round and the winners of our match are away to either Fulham or Burnley. Our match against Leyton Orient due to be played on the 23rd January will now be rearranged for later in the season.
We now have two matches to play before the Cup game so we must concentrate on those first, away to Bradford City and then Stevenage at home. Bradford this Saturday afternoon will be another of our trips to Yorkshire and a game we must endeavour to win. We are now on a ten match unbeaten streak and will want to extend that, Yems will be his normal self and pick a side that will ultimately have a few surprises – his selections so far this season have been unexpected not that all our players couldn’t hold down a regular place in the team. I expect some change to the Leeds team but couldn’t say who will be rested, and with Stevenage on Tuesday at home will again be a different starting line-up.
Tarryn Allarakhia has now completed his 3 match ban, so will be available for selection, Josh and Mark Wright who both came on as late substitutes against Leeds will also be chomping at the bit to get another chance to play, if honest its more likely to be Josh than Mark. What has happened to Jake Hesketh we know he had an injury and returned to Southampton for treatment, has he been recalled by them, hence the Josh Wright signing.
The result at home back in December was disappointing 1 – 1 draw, we need to improve on that result and performance which I’m sure we will, in a much more of the displays of late.
During this Transfer Window we thought we would keep you up to date with Transfer and other news from around our League 2 opponents.
Forest Green lost Carl Winchester to Sunderland for a fee, but brought in Issac Hitchinson from Derby County on loan. Port Vale signed Jake Taylor from Nottingham Forest on a 3½ year contract. Our opponents on Saturday Bradford City have sign 6’4” defender Niall Caravan from Plymouth Argyle on an 18th month deal
Former Red Devil Hope Akpan has move to Finland to further his career with the SJK having been without a club since being released by Bradford City.
Again we had no winner from those who entered the selection of the same team as John Yems line up – we go again with the Bournemouth match in the fourth round – we might get a winner when we reach the final.
FORTHCOMING FIXTURES – all League matches available on iFollow
JANUARY 2021 – because of COVID and no fans attending at the moment kick off times are subject to change.
Saturday 16th January 2021 – Bradford City – Away – match off
Tuesday 19th January 2021 – Stevenage – Home – 7.00pm kick off (re-arranged)
Saturday 23rd January 2021 – Bournemouth – Away – kick off 3.00pm
Tuesday 26th January 2021 – Walsall – Home – 7.00pm kick off (re-arranged)
Saturday 30th January 2021 – Cambridge United – Away – 3.00pm kick off.
See you in Redz or the Stadium at some point in the future. Keep Safe