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Crowe and Andoh Debutants at Crawley
Tuesday, 10th Nov 2020 18:21

Dylan Crowe (pictured) and Levi Andoh make their Town debuts and Tommy Smith, Allan Viral, Zanda Siziba and Ross Crane their full Blues bows in this evening’s Papa John’s Trophy tie at Crawley.

David Cornell, the most senior player, skippers from between the sticks with former England U16, U17 and U18 international Crowe at right-back, Smith, 18, at left-back and Andoh and Corrie Ndaba the centre-halves.

In midfield, Liam Gibbs, 17, is joined by Viral, 18, and 17-year-old Siziba, while Tyreece Simpson, 18, plays down the centre of the attack with Keanan Bennetts on the right and Crane on the left.

Among the six subs is forward Jack Manly, aged 16 years and 22 days. If he makes it on to the field the East Bergholt High School pupil will become Town’s second-youngster ever player.

Crawley change all 11 of their players following their 6-5 FA Cup win at Torquay on Sunday and name only four substitutes.

Crawley: Nelson, McNerney, Adebowale, Sesay, Ferguson, Allarakhia, Khaleel, Ashford, Galach, German. Subs: Tsaroulla, Kowalczyk, Burnett, Al-Hussaini.

Town: Cornell, Crowe, Andoh, Ndaba, Smith, Viral, Gibbs, Siziba, Bennetts, Simpson, Crane. Subs: Holy, Armin, Healy, Chirewa, Manly, Z Brown. Sam Purkiss (London).

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ghostofescobar added 18:33 - Nov 10
Surely our youngest average aged first team? Good luck lads.

budgieplucker added 18:37 - Nov 10
Hmmm....I really enjoyed the youngsters performance against Gillingham, but I somehow think this is a stretch too far, there are players from the Gillingham match that deserve a second chance like Baggott and McGavin, I get it that it’s nice to get more first debutants but giving our better young players more match time seems to me a better use of this competition and throwing an old head or two of experience in like Wilson and Donacien gives us a better chance of progressing and getting more game time for our better youngsters.

masetheace added 18:43 - Nov 10
Agree with most of the comments above , but don't forget McGavin played 120 mins on Saturday

MickMillsTash added 18:49 - Nov 10
McGavin can start instead of Dozzell in the next 3 matches. He looked decent throughout on Saturday - improved since the Gillingham game.
Maybe we can unearth a gem tonight -A 25 goal a season forward would be nice

VanDusen added 18:50 - Nov 10
Good - Lambert treating this joke of a competition with the contempt it deserves as we'll get a fine for this (which ironically the Premier League imposters wouldn't). With Gillingham drawing it will hopefully be academic by the end of the night.

FenboyBlue added 19:01 - Nov 10
Exciting to see what new talent could emerge from a game like this. Would have been a good opportunity to see Wilson get some more game time. Captain Mainwaring's got it in for him! And Norwood and Jackson on the bench to give them 20 minutes at the end.

Edmundo added 19:35 - Nov 10
With someone called Viral in the team, there's a song ready to relaunch: "He's there, he's there, he's every ****ing where: Viral! Viral!"

Billybobblue added 20:00 - Nov 10
As much as I agree with progression giving the youngsters a much needed test, this competition isn't really one we want to be in. Priority number 1 is the league and saying a couple of seniors should play tonight would be tempting fate and another potential injury that we dont need right now. If the youngsters are good enough hopefully that sees them through tonight but IMO its a cup tournament i'd much rather see the back of by gaining promotion this season.

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