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Opposition In Focus: Crawley Town

27 March 2016

A closer look at the Red Devils

THE GRECIANS are swiftly back in action on Easter Monday as they travel to Crawley Town looking to extend their impressive run of six matches unbeaten.

After being held to a 1-1 draw with Barnet at St James Park on Good Friday, City are looking to maintain their impressive form as they face Mark Yates’ side, who are 16th in Sky Bet League 2.

The two sides last met at SJP in November as Town got an injury-time equaliser through Luke Rooney in a 2-2 draw.

Crawley come into the game after twice letting slip of the lead away against York City in a game which also ended 2-2.

CRAWLEY UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

The West Sussex club have recently come under new ownership in Ziya Eren, who is a Turkish businessman, also president of Turkish second division side Kayseri Erciyesspor.
 
Eren, an optimistic owner, has set the club a target to reach the Championship within the next ten years.
 
With the owner conducting a study of the club to analyse every aspect of its running, it is thought that he could bring various changes over coming seasons.

MATTERS ON THE PITCH

Since the announcement of the new ownership, the club are without defeat after registering one win and three draws from their last four matches, as Yates’ side look to end the season on a high.

With Town well clear of relegation and thirteen points from a play-off position, it seems the Reds' one remaining task this season is to finish as high as possible.
 
That starts on Easter Monday, as they look to halve the gap of six points between them and City.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The clubs have met just four times previously with the first encounter an FA Cup First Round 0-0 draw in 1971. City subsequently won the replay 2-0 at SJP.

The sides then met in 1994 in exactly the same round of the FA Cup, and City once again ran out victors with a 1-0 win over the Red Devils.
 
Their first league meeting was that of the 2-2 draw earlier in the season, meaning the Grecians have never been on the losing side against Monday’s opponents.
 
With anything possible in football, City are still just seven points off of a play-off position, and Paul Tisdale’s side arrive at the checkatrade.com Stadium with bundles of confidence.

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