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West Bromwich Albion could make a move for Sunderland manager, Portsmouth striker tipped to become Premier League star – League 1 and 2

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West Bromwich Albion could make a move for Sunderland manager Jack Ross, according to reports.

The Baggies are still seeking a replacement for Darren Moore, who was sacked last month with the club lying 4th in the Championship.

And The Sun understands, quoted by HITC Sport, that Ross could be considered for the Albion role and the Scotland job, if the vacancy comes up.

Despite the report, only BetVictor seem to be taking bets on Ross becoming the next West Brom boss, offering long odds of 33/1.

Portsmouth striker Oli Hawkins has tipped teammate Jamal Lowe to become a Premier League star.

Lowe laid on two assists before rounding off the scoring – taking his tally to 16 this term – as Pompey moved within two points of 2nd in their 4-1 win over Rochdale.

“He can go on as high as he possibly can,” said Hawkins. “This is a step for him in the right direction and this season he is showing what he can do.

“I think he could get to the Premier League, if he puts the work in. Anything can happen in football and you never know.”

Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton remains under investigation after allegedly assaulting Barnsley’s Daniel Stendel on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the tunnel at full-time, reportedly leaving Stendel requiring emergency dental treatment after losing both his front teeth.

A South Yorkshire Police statement read: “Officers received reports of an assault at Barnsley FC on Saturday, 13 April. This incident has been crimed and will be thoroughly investigated.”

Meanwhile, Town have confirmed they have appealed Harry Souttar’s 65th-minute red card.

In League Two, ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has opened up on his swift exit as manager of Oldham Athletic.

Scholes left his boyhood club after just 31 days last month, where he addressed his departure on BT Sports.

The 44-year-old admitted he knew “there was a lot of work to do”, however said he expected that.

Scholes spoke about apparent interference for those above that drove him to resign. He said: “Once I get told ‘don’t play him’, that’s when it’s time to go.”

Northampton Town boss Keith Curle will leave ‘speculation to other people’ after Shaun McWilliams, Ash Taylor and Jack Bridge were left out on Saturday.

“They weren’t injured,” Curle told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo after the 1-1 draw with promotion-chasing Mansfield Town.

“But the headlines have got to be about the emerging talent (Scott Pollock) and the 18 that performed and represented the club on Saturday.

“There’ll be a lot of talk if players don’t make the starting line-up from now until the last game of the season but that’s speculation for other people.”

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Crawley Town beat Colchester United – picture special

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'The team have to really start thinking about their starting attitude in games' – Crawley Town opinion

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The Red Devils and Colchester United meet again in two weeks’ time in front of a full capacity stadium and at this moment the home side have taken the slender bragging rights for the Carabao Cup game with their comeback from a half time deficit to take all three points with a 2 -1 win taking them up to ninth spot in the table on equal points as the visitors.

Gabrielle Cioffi had to make changes to the starting line-up for the Red Devils after the Forest Green defeat, with David Sesay suspended, in came Lewis Young who was made captain as Danny Bulman was sitting on the subs bench with Tarryn Allarakhia making his first team starting debut in midfield. With Ollie Palmer still side-lined Mason Bloomfield continue up front with Reece Grego-Cox.

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The game in front of just over 2600 was very nondescript in the first half with Crawley not at their best, in fact they we playing as they did at Forest Green a week earlier, misplaced passing, second to the ball and being overwhelmed by the Colchester midfield. The visitors could have been out of site by half time, but fortunately had left their scoring boots behind and only managed to get one past Glenn Morris, this was from a corner when unmarked centre half Prosser headed the ball into the net on 35 minutes.

Were the Red Devils were on their way to another home defeat, some supporters commented that the way they were playing they couldn’t see them managing a single goal let alone two, although the Red Devils have scored in every game this season and since the end of March – should they have doubted them to come back.

At the start of the second half, it was like someone had turned a switch on – was this the same side that played in the first half – this Crawley side were full of energy, pressing forward and closing down the opposition. Ten minutes into the second half and the home side were level, a good run and turn by Panutche Camara got free of the defender and his pass to Reece Grego-Cox was inch perfect and Grego-Cox took one touch and fired past the keeper Gerken into the far corner of the net from 25 yards giving the Red Devils a deserved equaliser. The home side continued to press, going forward at every opportunity, playing as good as they had earlier in the season.

Debutant Allarakhia was replaced by Ashley Nathaniel-George on 65 minutes and he started giving the visitors something else to contend with – fast trickery runs, getting behind the now static defence, with one effort being parried by Gerken on to the post.

With ten minutes remaining, it was Grego-Cox who set up the winner, his pass to Lewis Young enabled the defender to put an early cross into the penalty area, Mason Bloomfield timed his run to perfection powerfully heading past the Gerken from five yards his second in two games but this time giving the Red Devils the lead and sending the home fans into raptures.

Man of the match Grego-Cox was replaced late on by Van Velzen to a standing ovation and with time running out Bez Lubala saw his effort rebound off the far post from another powerful drive.

Another three points to the total but the team/squad have to really start thinking about their starting attitude in games – we can’t keep giving away goal starts to the opponents, we need to be on the front foot as soon as the referee blows his whistle at the start of the game.

Up Up and Away

The Red Devils have another difficult game on Saturday when they travel to the Yorkshire town of Bradford. The home side are in 3rd Place and have former Red Devils Hope Akpan in their midfield, who scored last Saturday against Morecambe in the 2-1 win. We know that they will have a strong home support averaging over 14,000 but the Red Devils will have a noisy band of followers behind them, a full coach will be travelling up and with some making their own way, let’s hope for another inspiring display and another 3 points on the road.

This is followed three days later by another tricky away match on Tuesday 22nd October when they visit Newport County who are currently 5th in the table. A supporters coach will travel to Newport departing from the stadium at 2.00pm and cost is £10.00 for this trip. We have seats available if you want join us and support the team. Please contact Alain on 07771-792346 for full details.

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First blood to Reds in Carabao Cup prelude – Crawley Town opinion

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Would we learn anything from the visit of Colchester United in League Two a couple of weeks before their return to Broadfield in the Carabao Cup battle of the giant killers?

The answer is probably not, beyond seeing the prospect of a titanic clash. The teams are closely matched and the current league table shows them separated only by goal difference.

Match winner Mason Bloomfield with Lewis Young

Match winner Mason Bloomfield with Lewis Young

A rarely seen facet of Crawley’s games in recent seasons gave their supporters reasons to be cheerful. They followed a disappointing and disjointed first half (and probably a right rollicking from the manager during the interval) with a much improved and ultimately winning display in the second period. Reds didn’t just overwhelm the visitors they conquered their own demons as well.

Watch Reece Grego-Cox interview here

Whilst Reds generally coped with the threat of the powerful Frank Nouble they were made to look second best overall as the opening forty-five progressed. Colchester merited their interval lead although Tom Dallison would have been disappointed in allowing fellow centre back Luke Prosser to get in front of him and head home the opener from a corner.

Also disappointed must have been Josh Doherty who might feel the officials have got it in for him after receiving another undeserved yellow card on his return after suspension. But in the event the pros exceeded the cons and that allowed the fans to go home in a positive frame of mind.

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The goals both deserved the highest praise. The effervescent Reece Grego-Cox scored the equaliser. I was bang in line with his view of a gap in a crowded penalty area and he steered his low shot from 20 yards unerringly through it and inside the far post. He could see his opportunity and was good enough to take it. He deserves more goals.

Our winner came from an archetypal “on me ‘ead son” situation. Lewis Young is not renowned for his crossing ability but this one to the near post was perfection and Mason Bloomfield buried his header. If you are going to score you might just as well score brilliantly and that was the manner of our winning goal.

The winning margin might have been bigger although Colchester did not deserve that. Their keeper Dean Gerken had turned a hard drive by Ashley Nathaniel-George onto a post and late on that same upright shuddered as Bez Lubala slammed another effort against it.

I had been wondering about Lubala recently as he hasn’t scored for a month but an on-line check of the reported action showed just how much he is involved whenever the Reds are on the attack. What a marvellous signing he has proved to be.

Before Colchester’s return visit we have to play three really tough league fixtures. The results in those games could define our season but whatever the individual outcomes I definitely believe that Crawley Town are on an upward path.

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