Match Preview : Crawley Town (H)

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Match Preview: Leyton Orient v Crawley Town

The O’s are back in action tomorrow afternoon as Crawley Town travel to the Breyer Group Stadium.

A victory for Orient could see The O’s climb as high as fourth, while victory for The Red Devils would give them some breathing space between themselves the bottom two.

THE RED DEVILS

Crawley sit 19th in League Two, seven points clear of Oldham and Scunthorpe in the relegation zone.

John Yems’ side has endured a difficult season so far, after guiding the club to a mid-table season last campaign.

It was a tricky start to the season, as The Red Devils won only one of their opening seven games in all competitions. However, this was followed by a four match unbeaten run, with Yems’ side winning three and drawing once.

The uptake in form however didn’t last, and a disappointing run of two wins in thirteen followed. The first nine games of that run saw just the one solitary victory and a further eight defeats. Form has though, improved again of late. In the four fixtures in the lead up to Saturday’s clash with Orient, The Red Devils have only lost once and picked up five points.

Crawley bowed out the Carabao Cup after the first round when they lost 10-9 on penalties to League One, Gillingham. The Red Devils also lost all three of their Papa John’s Trophy group games, including a 4-0 thrashing from The O’s. Crawley were also knocked out in first round of the FA Cup by Gillingham, who were subsequently knocked out by Orient in round two after a 4-0 thumping at the Breyer Group Stadium.

KEY PLAYER

Kwesi Appiah has arguably been the stand out player for Crawley during a difficult season for The Red Devils. The 31-year-old joined the club in the summer from Indian Super League side, NorthEast United.

So far this campaign, Appiah has scored seven goals and picked up an assist in the league for the Red Devils. Without Appiah’s goal involvements, Town would undoubtedly be in a more precarious position.

Appiah has played a career total of 218 games for 19 clubs, scoring 68 goals. The Ghanian striker has also played seven times for his country, including in the 2015 African Cup of Nations quarter final victory versus Guinea.

The striker’s most successful period of his career was during the 2011/12 season with Margate, where he scored 22 goals in 24 games for The Gate.

KENNY JACKETT

Kenny Jackett looks ahead to Saturday’s League Two clash with Crawley Town as The O’s look to make it three wins in a week at the Breyer Group Stadium.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Assistants: Scott Williams and Louis Marks

Fourth Official: Christopher Wade

Boyeson has been in charge of 12 games this season mainly taking charge of League One and Two games. He has shown 32 yellow cards so far this campaign.

The official was last in charge of an O’s game last season when Orient travelled to Colchester. Jevani Brown’s double proved to be enough to take all three points for The U’s despite Conor Wilkinson’s late goal to make the score 2-1.

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

Today’s programme’s cover is the late Justin Edinburgh on what is The JE3 Foundation day here at the Breyer Group Stadium. This will be on sale around the ground for just £3.50. Supporters wishing to purchase a physical copy of the programme can do so, thanks to our Friends at Curtis Sport.

TOCA SOCIAL

Book your post-match night out at TOCA Social in the O2, the world’s first interactive football and dining experience, combining immersive gaming and world class food and drink. O’s fans get a 10% discount on box bookings and free O’s Sharing Cocktail or Mocktail on arrival*!

Check out your matchday programme for the discount code and book online here. Book your post-match night out at TOCA Social in the O2, the world’s first interactive football and dining experience, combining immersive gaming and world class food and drink. O’s fans get a 10% discount on box bookings and free O’s Sharing Cocktail or Mocktail on arrival*!

Check out your matchday programme for the discount code and book online here.