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Re: Come on u Reds

Postby steveizy » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:15 pm

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Great result :banana but somewhat expected as this was a Chelsea eleven of youth team standard.

I did not go to the match, nor did a substantial group of Crawley supporters due to the match being priced at £14, the same price as league games :banghead

Hope to be at the friendly against Crystal Palace on Friday. CP have promised us a proper strength side so that should be a bit more interesting :scarf

Will report on the game and the new season in League 2. Not too long to wait now :blob8
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Pre-Season Friendlies

Postby steveizy » Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:52 pm

Crawley have scored 17 goals and let in 3 in their four matches so far. A pretty good start :-D

The Chelsea eleven were the first victims. Crawley 6 Chelsea XI 1, this was really the Chelsea youth and reserve team.

Then on Tuesday, the squad was split in half for away matches at Bognor Regis Town and East Grinstead Town.

Bognor Regis Town 1 Crawley Town 3 :thumbsup
East Grinstead Town 1 Crawley Town 8 :lol:

Obviously, it is important not to read too much into these results against lesser opposition but good results nonetheless.

Last night (Fri) we played Championship club Crystal Palace and I went along with Carol for our first game of the friendlies.

Crawley 0 Crystal Palace 0 :applause

Despite the lack of goals, this was a very entertaining match played between two sides who were equal on the day. The gulf of two divisions between the clubs was not at all apparent. In fact, in my slightly biased eyes, Crawley were the better team for most of the match.

Nice to see some of the new signings in action gelling into the team and working very hard. No complaints there. Also very impressed by a young trialist Shane O’Connor who played most of the first half before being replaced by Tubbs. The lad was fit and fast and industrious and came close to scoring. I hope Steve Evans gives the lad a contract.

The crowd of 2,109 was a bit disappointing as were the burgers but the weather was glorious for a change this summer.

An enjoyable evening out.... can't wait for Tuesday when we play Peterborough for another real test. Then on Friday when we host AFC Plastic Wimbledon in our (and their) first foray into the Carling Cup! The winner will face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the next round.

I shall be at both these matches and will report back :yes


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Re: Pre-Season Friendlies

Postby brillo » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:51 pm

yea! come on you reds :scarf :mexican
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Re: Pre-Season Friendlies

Postby steveizy » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:52 am

Crawley Town 2 Peterborough 4

A game of two halves.

Crawley were leading 2-0 until shortly before the end of the first half. Goals by Tyrone Barnet 25mins and a cracking free kick from Dean Howell at 28 mins saw the Reds take a potentially winning lead. Posh pulled one back before the half-time whistle.

After the break, Steve Evans made nine substitutions leaving just GK Shearer and Howell from the starting XI. It is fair to say that the second half eleven were not nearly of the quality and before long Posh equalised, then the poor second half ended in the 2-4 defeat. We should not read too much into this defeat as it is common to play "experimental" teams in friendlies. Steve Evans certainly would have noted the huge difference in standard. Let's hope that the team against The Plastics on Friday consists substantially of players from the first half :yes Also, this was a full strength Posh side.

The crowd was only 615, which does suggest that the club has got the pricing too high - certainly for this match :duh

Next action is on Friday, k.o.7:45pm, when we play AFC Wimbledon in the first round eliminator of the Carling Cup. A big crowd is guaranteed for this local derby that has a lot riding on it :punch
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Re: Pre-Season Friendlies

Postby goodtimesdisco » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:27 pm

Good match to kick off against AFC Wimbledon in the first round eliminator of the Carling Cup.
I think the 3 1 trouncing we a gave them at Broadfield last year sets the 'bar' for the first game :yes I think it will a important Crawley game, especially from a moral standpoint
It will be certainly b nail-biting time until that final whistle blows :youreds
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Re: Pre-Season Friendlies

Postby steveizy » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:32 pm

Big Al wrote:Good match to kick off against AFC Wimbledon in the first round eliminator of the Carling Cup.
I think the 3 1 trouncing we a gave them at Broadfield last year sets the 'bar' for the first game :yes I think it will a important Crawley game, especially from a moral standpoint
It will be certainly b nail-biting time until that final whistle blows :youreds


Yes and no!

It's certainly a big game and will provide much needed dosh for the club but an injustice has been done to both clubs. As new members of the Football League, both clubs should and normally would have qualified for the first round proper. This year there was an odd number of teams - something to do with Birmingham, therefore, one of the two newest clubs had to make way by means of this eliminator.

Hopefully we will push The Plastics aside but even though we beat them by 15 points last season nothing can be taken for granted in football :no

After the experiments with Peterborough, I feel Steve Evans will know exactly what sort of team to play and I am quietly confident that we will win this crunch match. Time will tell.

Latest news is that tickets for the Terraces (Standing) are still available but tickets selling fast.

All in all, despite the "injustice", probably the best pre-season warm up that a club can have and we've got it :blob8

It's going to be a big match and hopefully good preparation for the future in League 2 :yes

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Re: Pre-Season Friendlies

Postby dub » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:52 pm

and so say all of us :youreds :crawleyscarf
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Crawley vs Wimbledon

Postby steveizy » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:57 pm

Sorry about the late posting... this weekend has been busy.

Crawley 3 Wimbledon 2

Great match. Although Crawley were the better team, we had to come back from being behind twice. Wimbledon opened the scoring when Luke Moore found a gap and beat Kuipers in the 26th minute. Their lead lasted all of eight minutes before Hope Akpan hit an unstoppable low drive. There were a couple of clear penalties for The Reds during the first half but the, otherwise OK, referee missed them. All equal at half-time.

The second half was less than a minute old before Crawley found themselves behind again from a goal by Jack Midson. Crawley remained in charge though and my "man of the match" Sergio Torres soon put us back in the game when he neatly and accurately beat Brown after one of David Hunt's big long throw-ins.

Quite relieved by that lovely goal, it was all even again until Matt Tubbs secured our victory in the 64th minute with a beautiful volley past Brown.

Hope Akpan was sent off in the closing stages for a second yellow. I think he kicked the ball away in derision and the Ref gave him his marching orders!

A great game played on a glorious July evening in front of 3200 odd spectators and, of course, a great atmosphere with our closest rivals in League 2. Both sets of fans engaged in a lot of not so friendly banter, but that is partly the fun and attraction aside from the Football :yes

Now we have a date (Tue 9 Aug.) at Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace at their place for real after our goalless friendly draw :applause

Can we win this? Yes. We have a big friendly against Premier League QPR tomorrow and they have promised a full-strength squad which will be a test and good experience. If we can do respectably well in this match and again on Saturday when we travel to Stoke to play Port Vale in our League debut then we are capable of anything :banana

I shall be at the QPR match and I'm hoping to go to Selhurst Park on the 9th, but regrettably won't be able to make the Port Vale tie.

Exciting times with the cup and commencement of League football on Saturday....Watch this space :scarf
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Crawley vs QPR

Postby steveizy » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:25 pm

Crawley 2 QPR 4

An entertaining game and the result quite good considering Steve Evans is still experimenting with line ups. He also didn't want to risk injuries to one or two star players. Against a Premier League side we did well.

It was up to Charlie Wassamer to provide both our goals although we did come close a few other times. Shearer looked a bit shaky in goal in the second half and McFadzean looked below par. As usual, our workhorse - Sergio Torres had a good first half and it was a shame to see him substituted in the second. I think Evans was considering injury possibilities and with our first league match coming on Saturday - who can blame him :no

Disappointing crowd of 1415 with 406 being QPR fans. Again this suggests that the club has got the pricing of tickets wrong for the friendlies, either that or there is just not the appetite amongst fans for the friendlies, maybe a bit of both.

That concludes the friendlies and our next match is on Saturday when we travel to Port Vale for our first league game ever. Lets hope we come away with 3 points :mexican
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League Two

Postby steveizy » Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:02 pm

Crawley started our campaign with a slightly unlucky draw against Port Vale. Port Vale 2 Crawley 2

Crawley had the lion's share of the play in the opening part of the game with at least five chances early on. The deadlock was broken after 39 minutes by Tyrone Barnett. Crawley's lead, however, lasted only for a few minutes when a Marc Richards free-kick beat the wall and Shearer. Half-time 1-1.

It was all Crawley again after the break and after 52 minutes Kyle McFadzean headed in what should have been the winning goal. John Dempster was booked twice within 5 minutes - obviously 2 yellows equal a red and Dempster was given his marching orders with some 10 minutes to go. Everyone agrees that this second booking was harsh. Ten man Crawley held on against a Port Vale offensive until the 91st minute when Louis Dodds hammered home a rebound from a Shearer save.

So one point from our first fixture and an away point as well isn't too bad. Crawley started last season with a home loss to Grimsby and went on to win the Blue Square by a record margin, so we need to find our feet and we will do well :yes

Next up at home is Macclesfield on Saturday 13th Aug and I will be at that match. Before then, there is the little matter of dumping Crystal Palace out of The Carling Cup at Selhurst Park on Tuesday :o
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