Crawley (H) Match Preview

Crawley come to town tomorrow as United look to avenge October’s 2-1 defeat at the People’s Pension Stadium (second only to the Jonny Rocks Stadium in the hierarchy of shite League Two stadium names).

Tuesday’s postponement against Salford has probably done us a bit of a favour, but the club still haven’t managed to bring in a central defender to replace the departed Harry Darling and Robbie Cundy, although Bonner has said they’re hoping to secure one today.

Dimitar Mitov’s injury appears to be worse than initially thought, so Callum Burton will start in goal. We expect Jubril Okedina will partner Greg in defence, but Jack Iredale or Paul Digby could also deputise, but the latter would leave a big hole in the midfield.

There’s a chance new loan signing Shilow Tracey could start at the expense of Luke Hannant, but otherwise we think it will be business as usual. Playing Tracey out wide would probably mean Hoolahan being dropped or playing in an unfavoured position so we’ll probably see Tracey from the bench.

Expected U’s Line-Up: Burton, Knoyle, Okedina, Taylor, Dunk, Hannant, Digby, May, Hoolahan, Ironside, Mullin.

The bench could see a recalled Lewis Simper, as well as young faces in the shape of Ben Worman and Joe Neal, alongside the likes of Harvey Knibbs and Liam O’Neil. There could also be a spot for young goalkeeper Kai Mackenzie-Lyle.

Who’s Their Player To Watch? Luckily Crawley cashed in on Max Watters in the transfer window, so that’s a big goal threat we don’t have to worry about. Wily old Josh Wright can always cause trouble, but most of the media attention will be on TOWIE cretin Mark Wright, should he play.

Who’s In The Dugout? John Yems has been enjoying his time in the media spotlight courtesy of Crawley’s 3-0 slapping of Leeds in the FA Cup, and seems a popular figure at the club.

What’s Their Recent (League) Form Like? P5, W3, D2, L0, For 6, Against 4

Any Ex-United Players? Still just the reasonably forgettable Tom Dallison.

Last Time Out: Crawley 2-1 Cambridge October 31 2020

An early diving header from Big Joe Ironside put the U’s ahead but Crawley fought back to claim all three points, with some help from some strong defending and good goalkeeping.

From The Archive: Crawley 1-3 United, November 12 2016

You forget just how good Uche actually was sometimes. It’s no surprise he’s playing in the Championship is it? Same goes for Luke Berry, who whips in a peach of a free-kick to complete this rout. First goalscorer Greg Taylor, on the other hand… well, he’s about to lead the U’s to their second promotion in six years.

UTAS Moosenet Tip: 3-1 United, Greg Taylor. Because lightning can strike twice…

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