Crawley v Stevenage preview
Last Updated: 10/08/18 1:19pm
David Sesay and Tarryn Allarakhia come into contention for their Crawley debuts in Saturday’s League Two clash with Stevenage.
Sesay joined after leaving Watford while Allarakhia arrived from Colchester, but neither was deemed ready for the opening win at Cheltenham.
Filipe Morais, Romain Vincelot and Dominic Poleon all played against the Robins and will be in line to feature in the first home match of the season. The Reds’ only injury absentee is midfielder Jimmy Smith (knee).
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Stevenage must make at least one change with Johnny Hunt suspended. The defender was sent off for a second bookable offence midway through the second half of the opening day 2-2 draw at home to Tranmere, when Stevenage allowed a two-goal lead to slip.
Manager Dino Maamria named nine debutants against Rovers and could be forced into another change after Ben Kennedy was granted leave to attend the birth of his child. Kennedy’s fellow forward Danny Newton also was absent from training this week to attend the birth of his child, but he could feature.
Crawley have only failed to score in one of their 10 matches against Stevenage in the EFL, a 0-2 loss in October 2013.
Stevenage have won just one of their five visits to Crawley in the Football League (D2 L2), a 2-1 win in February 2017 courtesy of a Matt Godden brace.
Crawley won their opening league game against Cheltenham; only once in their seven previous Football League campaigns have they opened with two victories (2014-15).
Stevenage have picked up just nine points from their last 54 available away from home in the league (W2 D3 L13).
Ollie Palmer scored on his Crawley debut in their opening match; he last scored in consecutive league games back in March while at Lincoln.