'I can't see the Reds sitting back' - Crawley Town predicted to go for broke in FA Cup clash against Leeds United

Crawley Town have been reaping the rewards of their attacking football of late and are unlikely to abandon it against Leeds United.

By Graham Smyth
Saturday, 9th January 2021, 11:46 am
GOAL THREAT - Tom Nichols is one of John Yems' Crawley Town attackers having a good season in League Two. Pic: Getty
GOAL THREAT - Tom Nichols is one of John Yems' Crawley Town attackers having a good season in League Two. Pic: Getty

That's the view of Mark Dunford of the Crawley Observer, who has given his insight on the League Two outfit due to host the Premier League Whites in FA Cup action tomorrow afternoon.

Who are Crawley's dangermen?

"Max Watters is the obvious name. He has been on fire since John Yems picked him up from Maidstone. Thirteen goals in 15 league games speaks for itself and is the reason why there is so much interest in him. He has missed the last couple of games through injury but I can't see him not playing in this one. Part of his success has been down to the partnerships with Tom Nichols and Ashley Nadesan up front. They work extremely well together. And skipper George Francomb has proven this season what a danger he is in front of goal with a couple of worldies early on in the season and the winner against Bolton on Saturday. Glenn Morris has been widely considered the best goalkeeper in League Two as well for the last few seasons."

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What style of football should we expect?

"It will be attacking. They play some lovely football at times - and the aforementioned partnerships up top are a big part of that. John Yems sees this as a 'free punch' so I can't see the Reds sitting back."

What areas have been their strengths recently?

"It's been the attacking side of their play and not giving up. They are unbeaten in nine games - since the AFC Wimbledon FA Cup win - and in a lot of those games they have gone behind or been pegged back. Yems has instilled a never-say-die spirit and it's really reaping rewards."

Any players out injured or suspended?

"Watters faced a fitness test this week but otherwise I think Yems has a full squad to pick from."

Likely line-up and formation

"Yems is known to tinker with formations and uses his squad well so it's hard to guess but I imagine it will be a 4-1-2-1-2, as follows: Glenn Morris, David Sesay, Tom Dallison, Tony Craig, Jordan Tunnicliffe, George Francomb, Jack Powell, Jake Hessenthaler, Tom Nichols, Max Watters, Ashley Nadesan.

"If he goes for a 5-3-2, which he has done recently, then I would say: Glenn Morris, David Sesay, Nick Tsaroulla, Tony Craig, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Tom Dallison, George Francomb, Jack Powell, Jake Hessenthaler, Tom Nichols, Max Watters."