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Crawley 1-2 Town
Wednesday, 10th Jul 2013 21:35

Daryl Murphy netted his third goal of pre-season and David McGoldrick scored from the spot as Town beat Crawley 2-1 at the Broadfield Stadium. The goals came in either half with manager Mick McCarthy again fielding a different team in each half.

Town included 26-year-old South African international centre-half Bongani Khumalo from the start alongside Tommy Smith. Another trialist, Dean Gerken, was in goal with Tyrone Mings at left-back and Kyle Hammond on the right.

New signing Paul Anderson and Josh Carson were the widemen with Cole Skuse and Luke Hyam in the centre. Michael Chopra partnered Daryl Murphy up front.

The only senior absentees from the squad were Paul Taylor, who is not yet ready for inclusion after his lengthy injury absence, and Carlos Edwards, who is with Trinidad and Tobago at the Gold Cup in the USA.

The game’s first chance saw ex-Blue Billy Clarke curl a freekick just wide from the edge of the box after Khumalo had fouled Nicky Adams.

Town went ahead in the ninth minute when Mings found Anderson on the left. The former Bristol City man looped the ball over a defender and played the ball to Murphy, who touched it away from a defender before netting his third goal of pre-season from six yards.

Crawley looked to get back on terms through Jamie Proctor but Gerken was equal to his strike from the edge of the box.

The home side came close to an equaliser in the 17th minute when Joe Walsh headed Adams’s freekick from the left just wide.

Town went close to making it 2-0 a minute later when Anderson ran on to Chopra’s ball and nodded it past keeper Paul Jones but away from goal and no one was able to convert his low pass back across the box.

On the half hour Murphy almost scored his fourth goal of pre-season when he ran on to a Hyam pass and took the ball past the keeper but Mark Connolly did superbly to block as the Irishman seemed certain to score.

Clarke ought to have got his side back on terms in the 33rd minute when Adams tricked his way past Mings on the right and crossed to the far post. The ex-Town academy man had time to pick his spot but nodded straight to Gerken.

Murphy shot straight at Jones from 25 yards on 39 with the Red Devils showing an alarming tendency to give the ball away in their own half.

Soon after, Chopra forced the home keeper to push 25-yeard freekick past his post after Carson had been fouled by James Stinson as the Blues broke after Crawley had again surrendered possession too easily.

Neither side threatened again before the break when Town’s second half XI began their warm-up.

Town had had the majority of the game and could have had more goals, however, Crawley will also feel they might have scored at least once.

A confident Murphy took his chance well and always looked a threat. Trialist keeper Gerken did everything required of him, while Khumalo made a couple of decent interceptions but one rather agricultural early foul.

Keeper Gerken was the only player from the first half side to start the second. Elliott Hewitt was at right-back and Aaron Cresswell at left-back with Luke Chambers and trialist Dan Seaborne at the centre of the defence.

In midfield, Jay Tabb started on the left, Byron Lawrence on the right with Amir Berkane and Anthony Wordsworth in the middle. Up front, David McGoldrick partnered Frank Nouble.

Sergio Torres looped an early chance over for an unchanged Crawley side, then in the 49th minute Tabb was close to making it 2-0 from a McGoldrick cross from the right but the keeper managed to block. Soon after, Seaborne poked a leg out to send a Cresswell corner from the left over the bar.

On 52 McGoldrick made it 2-0 from the spot after keeper Jones had brought him down as he took the ball past him. The former Nottingham Forest man slammed the ball to Jones’s right and into the net.

Ex-Blue Clarke sent an overhead kick wide of Gerken’s goal from an Adams cross as the game reached the hour mark and the home side began to make substitutions.

Crawley pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute when Town failed to close down Adams and the midfielder lashed home superbly from 25 yards, prompting a discussion between Cresswell and Wordsworth regarding who was responsible.

On 66 Wordsworth sent Nouble away down the left with an excellent pass with the outside of his left foot. The striker cut in at pace and hit a shot just across the face of goal.

Town were by no means having it all their own way and in the 67th minute Adams forced Gerken to block, then Mike Jones saw a rebound strike defender. Four minutes later, Gary Alexander shot straight at Gerken.

McGoldrick shot straight at Malachi Robinson on 73, then a minute later Hewitt stuck an effort against the same player having broken from midway inside the Crawley half. From the corner, Wordsworth headed wide. Moments later, the former Colchester man hit a shot over after good work from Nouble.

Tabb tapped home from inches in the 77th minute after good work after Lawrence had fed Nouble but having strayed offside. Two minutes later, David October replaced Cresswell, who looked to have picked up what looked to be a thigh problem.

In the 82nd minute Crawley almost got back on terms when Jordan Adekunle cut in from the left and hit a cross which struck Chambers, then the post, then October but somehow avoided crossing the line.

As the game moved into injury time, Kyle McFadzean did well to cut out Tabb’s cross from the left with McGoldrick looking certain to score. Seconds before the whistle Tabb sent a McGoldrick cross well over.

Town just about deserved the victory, having been on top in both halves, although Crawley will feel they might have scored more than just the once.

However, the result is a less important concern than the sides continuing to work on their fitness ahead of the season proper.

First half: Gerken, Hammond, Mings, Khumalo, Smith, Skuse, Anderson, Hyam, Murphy, Chopra, Carson.

Second half: Gerken, Hewitt, Chambers, Seaborne, Cresswell (October 79), Lawrence, Berkane, Wordsworth, Tabb, Nouble, McGoldrick. Subs: Loach, Timlin. Referee: Tim Robinson. Att: 1,029 (Town: 275).

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joshITFCporter added 21:42 - Jul 10
Murphy is looking sharp for the season ahead, 20+ goals next season please.

TractorBoy666 added 21:46 - Jul 10
Gerken playing both halves with Loach on the bench? Gerken isn't even our player yet, and he gets two halves. Anyway, happy with the result, as long as the strikers keep getting their goals and I can see Murphy having a good season with pre-season under his belt for the first time this season.

scooterblue added 21:50 - Jul 10
Has Gerken earned a contract ?.

Sneeky_King added 21:50 - Jul 10
Tractorboy666: its pre-season, mick is trying him out thats the point. He knows what he is doing. Murphy is looking strong!

bigolconnor added 21:53 - Jul 10
Why do you think Gerken got both halves? Think about it.

bluemikey100 added 21:57 - Jul 10
cos whole gerken better than half lol

TractorBoy666 added 21:59 - Jul 10
Is Gerken our player yet though? No he isn't..

JLITFC added 22:01 - Jul 10
The point is Gerken played longer so MM could get a better look at him.

blues1 added 22:24 - Jul 10
tractorboy666. whats your point.tje whole point of having a player on trial is for him to play, so you can see if hes good enough. mm already knows what he needs to about loach, so in these early games it makes sense to play gerken. im sure loach will get plenty of time on the pitch before the season starts.

thesussextractor added 22:31 - Jul 10
I was there and I'm sure loach started 2nd half!!??

thesussextractor added 22:33 - Jul 10
Mind u he was the other end lol

NSL added 22:33 - Jul 10
At the end of the day Mick obviously likes to leave his Gerkens in, rather than take them out . . . .

My_Left_Foot added 22:58 - Jul 10
Other than the really early foul, I thought the African trialist looked quite good at centre back, as did Seaborn in the second half. Didn't think much of the keeper or Skuse though.

Lightningboy added 23:03 - Jul 10
Christ,i'd forgotten all about Josh Carson..hope he can start showing the form he had a couple of years ago.

arc added 23:04 - Jul 10
How has Berkane done in the two matches? I don't know anything about him, so I have been surprised to see him get so much time so far. Intrigued!

danger_matt added 23:17 - Jul 10
Anyone know if Drury played for them?

TractorCam added 23:18 - Jul 10
Great start to Pre-season from the lads, Daryl Murphy could have a great season with the way he's going

AbujaBlue added 00:08 - Jul 11
I was there and didn't see Drury, believe he was injured.

Otherwise it was a decent performance - some nice touches by Nouble, assured play by McGoldrick, and the South African guy played well too.

ManningtreeBlue99 added 06:17 - Jul 11
275 town fans! A very good attendance for a away pre season game! Well done to all who made the effort to go!

edkru61 added 07:49 - Jul 11
I was there as well and the Loach was definitely announced over the poor sounding tannoy.

brian_a_mul added 08:18 - Jul 11
Agricultural foul??????

Sounds funny, what does this mean?? Did Bongani mow the attacker like a weed?

clivardo added 09:47 - Jul 11
If Paul Taylor put half as much effort in getting his fitness up and getting back in the side as he does sinking pints and churpsin women in K Bar on a Friday & Saturday (and probably other nights) then I have no doubt he could be a massive hit, but doesn't look like he will (Jimmy Bullard #2)?

Goughie added 11:03 - Jul 11
Living ten minutes up the road I w ude not to go last night.
Loach certainly started the second half. I thought Mings looked good going forward and that Tabb was excellent in the second half - he looked a threat every time he was on the ball. I was underwhelmed by Carson and Chopra, though. Elliott Hewitt has a good long throw and he showed some composure, too.

itfcserbia added 11:30 - Jul 11
Agricultural foul? Sounds like a true Tractor boy! ;)

ntoms97 added 11:58 - Jul 11
beat last seasons result then!!

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