Crawley Town vs Southend United...
Southend United and Crawley Town will do battle once again as they meet in tonight’s Emirates FA Cup 1st Round replay at Broadfield Stadium.
The two sides couldn’t be separated in the original tie at Roots Hall 10 days ago after a late John White own goal cancelled out Michael Kightly’s first-half opener.
As a result, it’s all back to West Sussex where a winner must be found, with extra-time and penalties an option should the game end level after 90 minutes.
Whichever side picks up the victory, it’ll be their first win in the competition since 2013 with the winner rewarded with a home tie against Barnsley in the 2nd Round.
Crawley Town: LLDLLD
Southend United: LWDLLW
10th November 2018: Southend United (Kightly) 1 vs 1 (White OG) Crawley Town
6th October 2015: Crawley Town 0 vs 3 (Weston, Pigott 2) Southend United
5th March 2012: Southend United 0 vs 0 Crawley Town
Blues centre-back Michael Turner will be absent as he begins a three-game ban following his red card picked up in the league defeat to Blackpool on Saturday.
Dru Yearwood – who went off with a hip injury against Blackpool – has been described as “touch and go” by Chris Powell with the Blues boss considering whether to risk the youngster.
Defender John White should be available however after missing the weekend’s game through illness. Ted Smith is unavailable along with long-term absentees Ben Coker, Sam Barratt and Tom Hopper.
Crawley will have goalkeeper Glenn Morris between the sticks as he faces his former club again having had a two-year spell at Roots Hall between 2010 and 2012.
And after impressing Crawley boss Gabriele Cioffi in their Checkatrade defeat to Gillingham last week, Reece Grego-Cox is pushing for just his third start for the club.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“It’s here. We didn’t get the job done in the first game, quite clearly we should’ve done but we didn’t so we have to play another game.
“It’s important for us a club and even though they’re coming thick and fast and we’ve got a few aches and knocks and a suspension now, it’s a game that we have to deal with and a game we need to be prepared for."
Gabriele Cioffi, Crawley Town Manager:
"It's a special game and it can be a special day for the club and we want to give a special day for the supporters.
"The fans want a winning team with a winning mentality and this is what we're creating."