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CRAWLEY TOWN MATCH PREVIEW

15 November 2016

Bristol Rovers face Crawley Town in the Emirates FA Cup first-round replay this evening at the Mem.

The two sides drew 1-1 when they met at the Checkatrade.com Stadium, with a stunning left-footed free-kick by Lee Brown in the first-half being canceled out by a Billy Clifford goal.

Team News: Rovers have a fully fit squad to choose from heading into the game, although Jake Clarke-Salter has been on international duty with England U20 this week and is unlikely to feature.

Darrell's View: “Crawley gave us a great game down at their place. The players and the staff here will be giving it our best shot to get through to the second round,” said Darrell.

“Crawley have done well in League two, but they have had some mixed results lately, but they will be looking to bounce back, so we will have to be on our toes.”

Opposition: Crawley occupy 13th place in SkyBet League Two and head into the game following a 3-1 home defeat to Cambridge United at the weekend.
                   
Dangerman - James Collins: The experienced forward has six league goals to his name so far this season and has scored in both of Crawley's Checkatrade Trophy fixtures, taking him to a tally of eight goals for the season. 

After starting his career at Aston Villa, Collins gained his first experience of first team football with loan spells at Burton and Darlington. 

At the beginning of 2011, the striker joined Shrewsbury Town, where he manufactured an impressive goal return before moving north of the border for a spell with Scottish outfit Hibernian in 2013. 

Following his spell in Scotland, the forward returned to Shrewsbury ahead of the 2014/15 season. 

Last season Collins was part of the Northampton Town side that won promotion from Sky Bet League Two and joined Crawley Town on a free transfer in the summer. 

The striker scored in Crawley's loss at Cambridge United at the weekend.

Last Time Out: Crawley's last visit to the Mem was in April 2016, where Rovers ran out 3-0 winners thanks to a brace from Matty Taylor and a strike from Liam Lawerence.

Tickets: Supporters can Pay on the Day at the Mem. For full ticket, details click HERE

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