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PREVIEW: Crawley Town v Coventry City - The Sky Blues enter their final five games of the season

Mark Robins' side face 12th places Crawley Town...

13 April 2018

Venue: Stadium

Competition: SkyBet League Two

Date: 14/04/2018

Kick-Off: 3pm

The Sky Blues enter their final five games of the season as they head to West Sussex to face Crawley Town in SkyBet League Two.

The Red Devils ended a seven game winless run last weekend after coming from behind to beat Port Vale in Staffordshire.

Crawley have already ensured their League Two status for next season and look set to name an unchanged side with striker Thomas Verheydt their only injury concern. The 26-year-old has been out with a knee injury.

Mark Robins also has no fresh injury problem ahead of this one. Jordan Willis is back in contention after playing 75 minutes for the U23s during the week, with Jodi Jones (ACL) and Tony Andreu (ACL) still long term absentees.

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Robins: "I am expecting a tough game tomorrow. Crawley have had some mixed results but they try and play football the right way. Harry Kewell has not long finished a top-level playing career and he has his own feeling on his he wants to play the game.

"We have to try and stop them from doing what they want to do because they are at home. I want us to go and grasp the nettle tomorrow."


Player-coach Glenn Morris could be vital between the sticks for Crawley. The 33-year-old spent nine years at Leyton Orient before moving on to Southend United, Gillingham and Aldershot before fighting his was back to first team football with the Reds and earning a new contract

Jordan Roberts' pace may be an issue for City. The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle man has scored six times this season from outwide.

On the opposite wing, Enzio Boldenwijn can also be a danger. The number seven made the move from Dutch second division side Almere City in 2016 and has been a regular for the Reds ever since. 


The Sky Blues fought from behind to earn a point at the Ricoh thanks to Marc McNulty's second half strike.

The 25-year-old came close on a number of ocassion and nearly gave City victory late on but he could not connect with Jack Grimmer's hard-hit cross as the visitors clung on to a point.

Duckens Nazon struck the post from range in the first half but it was Crawley who led at the break through Jordan Roberts.

The draw moved Mark Robins' side up to sixth in SkyBet League Two.


D - 1-1 v Swindon Town

L - 3-5 v Cheltenham Town

L - 2-3 Wycombe Wanderers

D - 1-1 Morecambe

W - 3-1 v Lincoln City

W - 3-0 v Grimsby Town

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REPORT: Crawley Town 1-2 Coventry City - Ponticelli double fires the Sky Blues to victory

Two goals either side of the break help the Sky Blues to a 1-2 victory at Crawley's Stadium...

14 April 2018

The Sky Blues are up to sixth in SkyBet League Two after a brace from Jordan Ponticelli helped Mark Robins' side to a hard-fought 1-2 win over Crawley.

Ponticelli gave City the lead after just four minutes when he fired low into the far corner from just inside the area.

Lewis Young did draw Crawley level ten minutes later but Ponticelli was on target yet again with ten minutes to go when his exquisitely curler found the bottom corner.

City are up to sixth with four games left to play.

It was evident from Robins' squad selection that the Sky Blues were heading to West Sussex to attack, and they had the lead within five minutes. Marc McNulty broke free down the right before cutting back for Ponticelli, making his first start since November, to fire through the defenders legs and into the bottom corner. 

Ponticelli's goal away at Notts County last weekend was met with an instant impact from the home side, and Crawley nearly gave the 1,200 City fans behind the goal deja vu when Thomas Verheydt tested Lee Burge from range, but the 25-year-old did well to parry the ball away.

Crawley were level after twelve minutes, however. Young was given enough time to stride onto the ball in the area and send a low effort across Burge and into the bottom corner. 1-1.

Jonson-Clarke Harris hasn't scored in four for the Sky Blues but almost changed that just before the half-hour mark. Young's sloppy pass conceded possession to Clarke-Harris who rifled an effort goalbound from 25-yards that was forced over the bar by Glenn Morris in the Crawley net. 

Liam Kelly was gifted a golden opportunity to restore City's lead just before half-time. Clarke-Harris again won possession in the final third and foud Kelly on the edge of the area but the 28-year-old's shot was easily saved.

After the break Kyel Reid and Max Biamou entered the fray as the Sky Blues looked to play with slightly more width, with Ponticelli and Reid hugging the touchlines.

Biamou's introduction was putting the Crawley defence under pressure and forcing mistakes. The Frenchman's interception on the edge of the area was worked through to McNulty as he raced in from out-wide but his shot was saved brilliantly from close range by Morris.

McNulty's new role behind the striker was creating opportunities as the Sky Blues came close twice to retaking the lead. First, the former Pompey man almost found the bottom corner with an audacious bicycle kick from Ponticelli's cross, but the ball bobbled wide, before his fellow Scotsman Jack Grimmer watched his effort blocked.

It wasn't long before City were back ahead though. Ponticelli must have felt like the most patient man in Coventry waiting for his chance the lead the line for the Sky Blues and he made is three goals in two games with ten minutes to go. The teenager watched as the Biamou's pass rolled into his path for him to curl into the far corner in style. 



Attendance: 3294 (1197 away)

Goals: Ponticelli (4'), Young (12'), Ponticelli (77')

Yellows: Tajbakhsh (28'), Doyle (63')


Coventry City XI: Burge (GK), Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Haynes, Bayliss (Reid 56'), Kelly, Doyle (C), Ponticelli, McNulty, Clarke-Harris (Biamou 66').

Subs: O'Brien (GK), Davies, Stokes, Shipley, Barrett.

Crawley Town XI: Morris (GK), Young, Connelly, Bulllman, Yorwerth, Tajbakhsh (Doherty 60'), Smith, Payne, Boldewijn, Ahearne-Grant, Verheydt (Camara 58').

Subs: Mersin (GK), McNerney, Roberts, Randall, Sanoh.

Referee: Lee Swabey.

Assistants: Stuart Butler, Kevin Howick & Louis Marks.

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