Crawley vs Portsmouth Preview

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 06 March 2017

Paul Cook and his players have a shot at redemption when they travel to Crawley to play their game in hand tomorrow.

Team News

Amine Linganzi is rated 50/50 after coming off in the 1-0 defeat to Crewe whilst Paul Cook may make numerous changes following such an unacceptable performance on Saturday.

Matt Harrold is out with a long term injury for Crawley but manager Dermot Drummy has no other injury concerns.

The Match

Some Pompey fans are understandably still seething at their team following a disgraceful performance on Saturday but they will be hoping that Paul Cook's men can bounce back and make amends for such a shocking showing.

After all, Pompey will go into third place if they can beat their hosts tomorrow and Crawley are as mediocre as they come, as they currently lie 16th in the League Two table and were soundly beaten at Fratton Park earlier in the season.

James Collins and Dean Cox should be the two biggest threats for the Red Devils and will certainly get on the scoresheet if Pompey dare to reproduce their pathetic excuse of a performance against Crewe. It simply cannot be allowed to happen again.

The big pre-match talking points will be who gets dropped for tomorrow's match as they're all in the firing line. Michael Doyle needs a rest but will probably play simply because it's unlikely Linganzi will be fit, meaning Danny Rose will have to come into the side.

Any of the attacking midfield trio could quite easily be dropped although Cook won't have the balls to replace Eoin Doyle who has flattered to deceive since signing. It's a far-fetched suggestion, but why not give Jamal Lowe and Nicke Kabamba a go? They'd at least possess some pace to get behind Crawley's sluggish defence.

However, it's likely that Cook will stick with a similar side that lost on Saturday. They owe us big time for that result but who knows, playing away from home with a rocket up their backsides might see a turnaround in performance and a win? It would certainly go some way to making amends for the weekend.

But if Pompey were to lose once again, the fans may truly lose all belief that this team is capable of getting promoted not just automatically, but via the play-off route also.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Crawley

GK: Glenn MORRIS

RB: Josh LELAN

CB: Joe McNERNEY

CB: Mark CONNOLLY

LB: Lewis YOUNG

DM: Josh PAYNE

DM: Jimmy SMITH

RM: Enzio BOLDEJWIN

AM: Billy CLIFFORD

LM: Dean COX

CF: James COLLINS

Pompey

GK: David FORDE

RB: Gareth EVANS

CB: Christian BURGESS

CB: Matt CLARKE

LB: Enda STEVENS

DM: Michael DOYLE

DM: Danny ROSE

RM: Jamal LOWE

AM: Conor CHAPLIN

LM: Kyle BENNETT

CF: Eoin DOYLE

Last Time: Crawley Town 0 Portsmouth 0 (League Two - 18/08/2015)

Matt Tubbs had a legitimate goal ruled out for offside as Crawley deployed one of the most negative tactics seen in a football match to cling onto a goalless draw at the beginning of last season.

My Prediction

A reaction will be expected but it's difficult to predict a win with the bitter taste of Saturday's defeat still in the mouth. It wouldn't be surprising if this ended in a draw.

Crawley Town 1 Portsmouth 1

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