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Match Preview: Crawley Town

26 October 2018

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers will aim to get back to winning ways when Crawley Town are the visitors to Prenton Park on Saturday in Sky Bet League Two.

Micky Mellon’s men suffered their first defeat in five outings on Tuesday, losing 3-1 away at Forest Green Rovers. 

First-half goals from Reece Brown and Liam Shepherd put the hosts in command. Paul Mullin pulled one back late in the match, but Mark Cooper’s side ensured victory in the eighth minute of injury-time through Tahvon Campbell.

Tranmere are seventh heading into the fixture, while Crawley themselves are a point off the Play-Offs, two positions below Rovers following their 1-1 draw with promotion-hopefuls Exeter City on Tuesday.

Team news

Adam Buxton has returned to full training and could be in contention for this weekend’s game. Zoumana Bakayogo is close to a return to training.

Cole Stockton, Liam Ridehalgh and Evan Gumbs are long term absentees.

The Red Devils’ season so far

Crawley have found their form following on from the appointment of Italian boss Gabriele Cioffi back in early September.

The Sussex outfit were 16th at the time of Cioffi coming into the club, after Harry Kewell left to take up the managerial position at fellow League Two side Notts County.

And Cioffi has made an impact in his early tenure at the Broadfield Stadium, leading Crawley to victories over Lincoln City, Morecambe, Yeovil Town, Cambridge United and Newport County.

Currently occupying ninth position in the division, a win at Prenton Park this afternoon could send them into the Play-Offs if results go their way.

One to watch

Following his summer move to Sussex, Filipe Morais has enjoyed a promising start to his Crawley career.  

Portuguese-born Morais came through the youth ranks at Chelsea, turning professional at Stamford Bridge under the management of compatriot Jose Mourinho, whilst also spent time away from the club at MK Dons

Morais left Chelsea permanently in 2006, signing for Millwall before being loaned up to Scottish side St Johnstone in January 2007.

Two-years at Hibernian followed for the midfielder, turning out 30 times at Easter Road, before moves to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and a permanent St Johnstone return.

Morais signed for Oldham in 2010, featuring at Boundary Park for two-years, prior to signing for Stevenage and enjoying three successful years at Bradford City.

Re-uniting with former Bantams boss Phil Parkinson at Bolton Wanderers in February 2017, Morais helped the Trotters earn promotion from League One before preserving their Championship status last term.

Signing for Crawley in July on a three-year-deal, the 32-year-old has four goals and two assists to his name, having also served as caretaker manager at the club after Kewell’s departure.

The referee

Tom Nield will be the man in the middle for TRFC vs Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon.

The match at Prenton Park will be Nield’s first Tranmere match of the season.

From the 13 games he has officiated so far, Nield has brandished 40 yellow cards and two red ones.

Thomas Harty and Ken Haycock will run the line while Steven Rushton is the fourth official.


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Match coverage

Can’t make Tranmere’s clash with Crawley Town? Well there are several ways that you can keep in touch with Rovers’ progress on Saturday.

Full match commentary of the match will be exclusively available live from Rovers’ home ground!

You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

To sign up, click here

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @tranmererovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers


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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere 5-1 Crawley

27 October 2018

Tranmere Rovers put on a five star show to beat Crawley Town 5-1 at Prenton Park.

A fantastic all round display from TRFC ensured we returned back to winning ways in emphatic style in League Two. A James Norwood brace sandwiched in and around goals from Connor Jennings, Adam Buxton and Paul Mullin enabled Rovers to respond to their midweek defeat at Forest Green in the best way possible.

The match took its time warming up with the cold weather possibly having an impact on the opening quarter. However after 25 minutes, Rovers, had the game’s first real goal scoring opportunity and  Jennings made the most of it.

Having seen his previous long corners come to no avail, Banks played a short one-two with Larnell Cole, before whipping the ball into the box for Manny Monthe to get his head to. The centre back unselfishly headed the ball back across goal to the unmarked Jennings, who took one touch to control it before firing low into the back of the net.

Crawley had the chance to equalise on the half hour mark and visitor’s skipper Filipe Morais would have done so with a free kick from 20 yards out but for a fantastic save from Scott Davies, tipping the ball over the cross bar as it headed for the top corner.

Rovers then doubled their lead in amongst a flurry of chances within the half’s final few minutes. Quick thinking from Banks played Jake Caprice through down the right but his cross was just behind Norwood on the penalty spot. The next attack saw Jennings almost get his second but he just failed to get enough contact from Banks’ low cross from the right, giving the defender time to block it on the line.

Moments later, Rovers were 2-0 up. Caprice collected the ball on the right and dinked the ball over to Jennings in the ‘D’. The number-11 did expertly well to knock the ball on with his chest first time to Norwood about 10 yards out, and the Club’s top scorer calmly fired the ball across the goal into the bottom left of the net.

Rovers had to be alert defensively during the two additional minutes of the half as Crawley created their best chance, which resulted in George Francomb hitting an effort from the right of the six-yard box and forcing Davies to dive to his left and parry the ball away.

The visitors started the second half on the front foot however Rovers were always a threat on the break due to their pace and they made them pay with three goals in seven minutes. Cole broke forward before releasing Norwood, who attempted to round Glenn Morris, but the Crawley keeper got a hand to the ball to stall the striker and by the time Norwood got his effort away Romain Vincelot was on the line to clear it behind. However, Norwood immediately forgot about the miss as he headed in Banks’ resultant corner on 53 minutes for his tenth league goal of the season.

Only two minutes later Norwood was then sent through on goal again and this time he touched it past the onrushing Morris who clattered into him, giving Buxton the chance to score his first goal of the season. The full back made not mistake from the spot, firing his penalty into the top left corner.

Number nine Mullin then made it five on the our mark as he broke free on the right of the area after shrugging off the defensive pressure before thundering a shot into the roof of the net.

Everyone wanted to get in on the act and as a result when Crawley attacked there was more space for them to roam. The visitors capitalised on this when right back Lewis Young found a gap on the right to run into before crossing for Olly Palmer to tap home from no more than four yards out.

At this point there were still 25 minutes left but the game simmered down following Crawley’s consolation.

Buxton almost got his second goal with a freekick in the last ten minutes but it curled just wide, before Norwood should have bagged his hatrick when he received the ball in the six yard box following great work from substitute Jonny Smith to win the ball back, but his effort was right at Morris.

The win maintains their league position of seventh, but also opens up a four point gap with today’s opponents who are only three places behind them.

Davies, Caprice, McNulty, Monthe, Buxton, Mullin (75 Gilmour), McCullough, Banks, Jennings, Cole (83 Smith), Norwood. Unused subs: George, Mottley-Henry, Sutton, Harris, Williams.

Report by Jake Mathot

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