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Crawley Town to host Premier League outfit Norwich City in Carabao Cup second round



Crawley Town will welcome Premier League side Norwich City to The People’s Pension Stadium in round two of the Carabao Cup following tonight (Tuesday)’s draw.

The draw was conducted immediately after the evening’s first round games.

Second round ties of the 2019/20 Carabao Cup are scheduled to take place on the week commencing August 26.

Gabriele Cioffi’s side advanced to the second round of the tournament for the first time in five years after a 3-2 win at Walsall.

The Red Devils last met the Canaries at the same stage of this competition back in 2014. Norwich ran out 3-1 victors at Carrow Road on that occasion after Cameron Jerome and Josh Murphy (two) cancelled out a Carlos Cuellar own goal.

Manchester City are the current holders of the competition after defeating Chelsea 4-3 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.

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Crawley Town v Port Vale: Reds hunt for first league win since October



John Yems will take charge of his first home game as Crawley Town head coach this Saturday as the Reds entertain Port Vale.

Yems’ first game in charge ended in a 0-0 draw with Stevenage, in a game that Crawley would’ve felt they had the better chances to win the game.

Bez Lubala had the best chance to win it for Crawley as he raced in one on one, took it round the keeper only to lose his footing as he faced the open goal.

Ashley Nadesan also had a good chance to win it for Crawley in the first half as he raced in one on one but his left footed shot was a tame effort, which was comfortable for Stevenage keeper Paul Farman.

This week Crawley will look to go one better and pick up a victory at the People’s Pension Stadium but know they’ll be in for a tough task against a Port Vale side who sit tenth in League Two and just a few points off the play-offs.

Vale have been much improved this season following a poor campaign for them last season. However, so far this season it has been the away form which has let Port Vale down, as they’ve picked up just nine points on the road out of a possible 30 so far this season.

Compared to their 19 points out of a possible 30 on home soil it’s a very poor record for Vale and one they’ll be looking to change if they are to have a chance of claiming a play-off position this season.

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Despite their poor form on the road their only two wins away from home this season have come against teams in the play-off places, in the form of Crewe Alexandra and Bradford City. This shows that Port Vale are a good side and Crawley will have to be back to their best in order to pick up a much needed three points.

Crawley need to return back to winning ways, as they haven’t picked up a victory in the league since the 2-1 win over Colchester United back on October 12.

That’s over two months since Crawley tasted league victory in what’s been an extremely poor run for the side.

However, last week their were some promising signs out of John Yems first game, despite him only having two days to work with the squad before matchday.

Crawley can only build on and improve from their performance last week and look to end 2019 picking up some more points and beginning to climb the table again.

Yems has said the whole squad will be used over this Christmas period, which produces lots of games for Crawley, so their could be a few changes to the line-up as Yems looks to establish his strongest starting eleven.

Crawley will be looking to grab a much needed victory to boost the squads morale and give the players and fans a much needed confidence boost heading into this busy fixture period.

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Crawley Town ‘confident’ Port Vale game will go ahead as normal following speculation



Crawley Town are confident there game against Port Vale on Saturday go ahead despite speculation there is ‘chaos’ at the club, according to a source.

The club this week terminated the contract of operations director Kelly Derham and the news has caused unrest amongst the fans and reportedly the staff.

The Straight Red CTFC podcast tweeted today: “ Inside source: “Chaos” at Crawley, Staff threaten walkout, No stadium safety approval, Match could be played behind closed doors Saturday. What. Is. Happening ”

But when when we approached the club for a comment, a source told us that that there would a safety check in the morning, which is normal procedure and they are ‘confident it will be fine’.

The source at the club also told the Crawley Observer: “There was no staff walkout at all. As all staff members are in jobs and will be for foreseeable future. The safety group will meet in the morning for the game.”

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Crawley Town clarify financial position following Derham departure



Crawley Town have clarified their financial situation following Kelly Derham’s dismissal.

The club cited ‘financial difficulties’ as the reason for terminating the operation director’s contract and this caused unrest amongst supporters.

But the club have released a statement today clarifying their position.

The statement read: “We would like to clarify something mentioned in Tuesday’s statement regarding the departure of Kelly Derham.

“We would like to assure all our supporters that although we are revising our financial management the club is not in any financial danger.

“Crawley Town FC has received a record level of funding since 2015 and will continue to do so. The Chairman Ziya Eren is fully committed to the cause and the project.

“The club held a productive meeting with members of the Crawley Town Supporters Alliance on Tuesday.

“We look forward to the continued loyal support of all our fans, starting on Saturday against Port Vale.”

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