Crawley Town v Walsall: Match Preview Crawley Town v Walsall: Match Preview
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Crawley Town v Walsall: Match Preview

Here we take a look ahead to Tuesday evening's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Crawley Town.
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News and Views

There's no way around it. Walsall are in trouble. An ever-increasing run of poor results has seen the Reds slip to within eight points of the relegation zone, far from the relative safety of mid-table.

Friday evening's late defeat to Barrow was an all-too-familiar result for the Saddlers as they once again failed to create anything of note in front of goal before being punished by Josh Kay's late effort. The result helping the Bluebirds to build a two-point gap over 23rd-placed Southend United.

Whilst the Saddlers still hold the odd game in hand or two over some of their relegation rivals, including Darrell Clarke's Port Vale, the Reds simply have to find that winning formula if their potential escape route isn't to go to waste.

Drab displays have given the Saddlers faithful very little to cheer with many simply devastated as to how the campaign has unravelled.

Hopefully, the team will be able to strung together enough positive results to avoid any late drama as there is already plenty of work to do in the summer, let alone after a relegation to the National League.

Opponents Crawley have won their last three league outings and will be looking to add a fourth as they welcome the Saddlers to the People's Pension Stadium tomorrow evening. Triumphs over Tranmere, Salford and Mansfield have allowed the Red Devils to move within six points of the Play-Off places, giving them plenty to play for.

Head to Head

Walsall and Crawley Town have met on just ten previous occasions and it's the Saddlers who hold a small overall lead having won on four previous occasions, compared to the Red Devils' three.

There have also been three draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday, 17th November 2012 as the two sides met in a League One clash which would see four goals scored but would ultimately end all-square.

Walsall opened the scoring via Febian Brandy (14') but were soon pegged back by Billy Clarke (22') with the first-half ending level at one-all. The Saddlers re-took the lead via Ashley Hemmings (74') only for Jonathan Forte (81') to put the tie back on level terms.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Tim Robinson, who is based in West Sussex will be the man in the middle as Walsall look to secure three crucial points and halt their latest spell of poor form.

Graham Kane and Robert Hyde have been named as assistant referees, whilst Mark Jones will act as Fourth Official.


Catch the Match

As we're still unable to attend the game in person we can catch the match via the club's in-house service - iFollow Walsall - which takes you through the highs and lows of each and every Saddlers match.

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