Crawley vs Portsmouth by Sunshine
Crawley Town is coming into this game after a 1:0 narrow home win against Leyton Orient, in a game they could have been easily punished for their easy approach. The team didn't enter the game as it was needed, being not aggressive in the midfield at all, looking like they played without any will in the first half which was dominated by the guests, but once the second half started, home team started playing like in their previous matches and completely outplayed the opponent in next 45 minutes scoring the only goal in 72nd minute.
That victory was their third in four rounds of the League One, making more than successful start of the season for any team that was playing League Two the season before, however their manager didn't hide the concern for the approach taken in the first half-time. "We believed we are going to win this one easily and luckily weren't punished for that. No game can be won by words only." Crawley was also successful for the midweek program, as they eliminated Gillingham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy 3:2. No new problems with the squad selection for the hosts, as defender Claude Davis and winger Sergio Torres remain out of the action.
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Portsmouth, on the other side, is already placed in the dangerous part of the table with only two points out of four rounds. Coming from a painful 0:1 loss at home to Oldham, they hit very poor start of the season and must be looking for immediate improvement in order to avoid relegation battle further in the season, although the things aren't looking bright for them.
Even although they played so-so in the first half-time against Oldham, they entered the second half much more careless and soon found themselves losing with a goal in 59th minute. Later on, both teams went down to ten men only, as Portsmouth's player Obita got red carder, but the hosts simply looked clueless at the pitch and couldn't make a decent goalscoring chance. They also played the Johnstone Paint cup game during the midweek, winning over Bournemouth at the penalty shot out after a 2:2 in regular ninety minutes. Several problems for the guests today, as main defender Paul Conolly (played four matches till now) is out, while Moustapha Doumbia is with the national squad of Sierra Leone, as midfielder Conor Clifford is with Irish national squad and good winger Obita is suspended due red card earned last weekend.
Local derby between Crawley Town and Portsmouth which will be held at Broadfield Stadium which is only 103 km away from the Fratton Park seems very easy to predict this time. Crawley is in much better shape winning against much serious teams this season than their opponents today are, they have a perfect record at home this season with four wins and poor Portsmouth with several important players missing this time, will have a hard time staying defeated with a narrow margin only.
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