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Match Preview: Crawley Town

28 February 2023

Tranmere Rovers look to make it back-to-back wins on Tuesday evening as Crawley Town visit the Wirral.

A Josh Hawkes penalty was the difference between Rovers and hosts, Stevenage, on Saturday, as a strong Tranmere side managed to return home from the Lamex Stadium with all three points.

Micky Mellon’s side could progress to five points from the play-off places with a win, however, a struggling Town side must turn up, with fears of relegation to the Vanarama National League looming over the visitors.

Crawley are without a win in over a month, with their last three points coming at home to Salford City at the end of January. Since then, they have shifted 11 goals in 5 games.

Their last outing was a 5-2 loss at home to Carlisle on Saturday afternoon, with initially Carlisle going 4-0 up before a 5-1 lead, and the home side getting a consolation goal late on in the fixture.

Tranmere have yet to play Town this season, however, since their first meeting in 2012, Rovers have won 6 games and drawn 1 out of a possible 11, with the last 3 matches going the whites’ way.

One To Watch: Ashley Nadesan

Ashley Nadesan is a 28-year-old forward who is one of the most in-form players in the Crawley Town team so far this season.

The striker started off his youth career at Horley Town, members of the Combined Counties League Premier Division, in 2012 – signing his first contract with them in 2013.

He signed his first EFL contract in 2016 for Fleetwood Town, where he stayed for three years, making just 21 appearances and scoring 1 goal.

He went on two loans during this time, both at Carlisle, where he scored 12 goas in 40 matches.

He signed for current club, Crawley Town, in 2019, and has played 129 games for them, scoring 25 – 6 of those coming this campaign, as well as 5 assists.

The Manager: Scott Lindsey

Scott Lindsey is a former professional footballer who played for a total of 18 clubs across his 22 year playing career!

He started his career at Goole Town before progressing to play in the football league for Burton Albion and Gillingham, as well as playing for multiple other teams.

He took his first management role in 2010 as caretaker manager of Lincoln City. He then managed Chatham Town before making that step to the EFL in 2019, managing Swindon Town. He started managing Crawley Town in 2023.

He has managed just 36 professional games in his career, winning 11 and drawing 9 – leaving him with a 30% win percentage.

How to watch Tranmere Rovers v Crawley Town

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How can I listen to live commentary of Tranmere v Crawley?

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If you are visiting Prenton Park for the first time, we have all the information you need to know! Click here to view our home fan guide.

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Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Crawley Town

28 February 2023

Jordan Turnbull’s 68th minute goal secured Tranmere Rovers a second straight Sky Bet League Two victory as Micky Mellon’s men overcame Crawley Town 1-0 at Prenton Park on Tuesday night.

Turnbull’s strike proved to be the difference against Scott Lindsey’s Red Devils as Rovers secured an important three points.

Mellon made one change from Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stevenage, as Logan Chalmers replaced Jay Turner-Cooke in the starting line-up.

Rovers started brightly and had the ball in the net on seven minutes when Turnbull struck a left-footed half-volley beyond goalkeeper Corey Addai, however he was flagged offside following Josh Dacres-Cogley’s pass.

Two minutes later, Crawley wasted a chance to take the lead after Jack Powell’s short corner from the left found Dom Telford who struck left-footed over the crossbar and into the Argyle Satellite Kop.

Harvey Saunders then did well to skip beyond two Crawley men, though his cross aimed for Paul Lewis was cleared by Joel Lynch.

Joe Murphy was called into action, when Ashley Nadesan drew a smart save from the Rovers goalkeeper, who got down low well to turn a shot around the right-hand post from Tom Fellows’ through ball. 

The resulting corner saw Hawkes receive a pass from Chalmers after a fast Rovers breakaway but having caught Addai from off his line, the winger hit an ambitious attempt off target from inside his own half.

With 11 minutes of the half left to play, Kellan Gordon’s enticing right-sided cross had to be headed away by Turnbull before dropping for Powell to drive a fierce volley from 25-yards over Murphy’s crossbar. 

Rovers had two opportunities at goal before half-time. The first of which came as Chalmers directed a header straight into Addai’s gloves after Davies had headed Hawkes’ free-kick across goal.

Chalmers found himself involved in TRFC’s next attack, linking up well with Lee O’Connor to bend a tame strike from the edge of the penalty area that was comfortable for Addai.

The first chance of the second-half went the way of Crawley five minutes after the break. Powell whipped a dipping free-kick from the left which Murphy had to palm over his own crossbar.

Nadesan then met a pinpoint cross from Nick Tsaroulla to glance a header just beyond Murphy’s far post

Tranmere were pushing for an opener, and Ethan Bristow’s cross into the box could only be turned wide by Chalmers.

Mellon introduced Chris Merrie and Jake Burton into the game, who replaced Chalmers and O’Connor on 58 minutes.

On the hour, positive build-up from Regan Hendry and Saunders ended with Merrie scuffing a shot into Addai’s grasp. 

Rovers led with 68 minutes played. Turnbull remained in an attacking position, drove forward and played the ball wide to Hawkes before receiving the pass in the box, taking a touch and shooting low left-footed across the box and into Addai’s bottom right-corner.

Almost immediately after going ahead, Murphy superbly kept Rovers’ advantage, making himself big in the box to thwart Fellows in a one-on-one situation.

Crawley were awarded a penalty by referee Craig Hicks with ten minutes to go after Turnbull brought down Lynch in the box.

Telford stepped up to take the penalty, but his left-footed shot went high over Murphy’s crossbar, much to the relief of Rovers.

Davies and Turnbull had to combine to head away a dangerous cross from Dion Conroy, as Crawley threw men forward.

Rovers confidently and professionally navigated the remaining minutes to make it two wins in a row. Next up for TRFC is the visit of Hartlepool United to Prenton Park on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.

Tranmere: Murphy, Dacres-Cogley, Davies, Turnbull, Bristow, Hawkes, Hendry (Walker 64), O’Connor (Burton 58), Chalmers (Merrie 58), Lewis, Saunders

Subs not used: Hewelt, Jameson, Turner-Cooke, Mumbongo

Goal: Turnbull (68)

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