Hello. You could be forgiven for thinking this game means very little. And you’d be right, it does mean very little.
Crawley have ended a few points shy of the play-offs having given it a ruddy good go early on, while we’re even further away with our rubbish 54 points.
Thanks a lot, deduction.
How are they getting on?
One loss in ten speaks for itself. They’re difficult to beat at the moment. Their problem comes with the amount of draws; seven in that same period. This sort of form is reflected in their goal difference of -1, showing a similarity between attacking and defensive quality.
All signs point to them being in the correct position. Not bad at all for a first season at this level, I’d say.
Who could cause us trouble?
Paul Hayes grabbed a goal against Sheffield Utd and is hoping for a start alongside top scorer Billy Adams who also scored the other night.
Jamie Proctor started that match ahead of Hayes, and he too managed a brace a few games ago, so has been in the goals of late himself.
Sky Blues team news
All bets are off. Pressley has close to a full squad to pick from, and with the added luxury of knowing absolutely none of this matters anymore, he can go nuts if he wants to.
Young Ryan Haynes was the notable inclusion in the last game, and I’m certainly intrigued to see if those debut jitters were just a one-off. He negotiated the other day well, which deserves massive credit after the start he made. But let’s be fair, he was playing a different game to everyone else. And is only 17, so there’s no need to rush him. It was a brilliant experience, and should aid his development.
Also Jordan Stewart is back and Pressley will probably still want to put out a team he feels comfortable with.
The under 21s are performing nicely at the moment, and Pressley seems very keen to take the opportunity to give those a go. I expect to see Wilson and Thomas in some form. Danny Philliskirk has also had zero exposure to the first team just yet, so I’d quite like a look at him. They all deserve a shot.
James Bailey and Callum Ball are coming to the end of their loans, and you have to question the value of continuing to play them. Especially Bailey, whose form of late has done little but take up a space in the team which could be used to give valuable gametime to someone else.
A win would be nice, just to keep us all a bit proud of the chaps. But an away trip to the league’s recent draw specialists suggests that as the likely result.
How does 0-0 sound?