McNerney and Tomlin set to return for Crawley against Southend

Crawley Town FC unveil new manager Mark Yates 19-05-2015.  SR1510667. Pic by Steve Robards SUS-150519-152625001
Crawley Town FC unveil new manager Mark Yates 19-05-2015. SR1510667. Pic by Steve Robards SUS-150519-152625001

Crawley Town manager Mark Yates is keen to give the club’s fans something to cheer about with their first home victory tonight.

Reds’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Second Round game is against League One club Southend, who are currently 11th in the table.

DM151016a.jpg. Crawley Town FC team, August 2015. Gavin Tomlin. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150408-224953008

DM151016a.jpg. Crawley Town FC team, August 2015. Gavin Tomlin. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150408-224953008

Yates said: “We are desperate to give our home supporters something to shout about.

“We are desperate for a home win and if it doesn’t come tomorrow it can come on Saturday (against Leyton Orient).

“There’s still a belief around the place and we’ll get it right.”

Gavin Tomlin and Joe McNerney could return to the squad following injury, Tomlin being involved for the first time this season.

The league is obviously our priority but wins in whatever competition breed confidence and if we can cut out the basic mistakes that have been plaguing us we can definitely get a result.”

Crawley Town manager Mark Yates

Another player who will be making his debut this season will be goalkeeper Callum Preston who replaces Freddie Woodman who is on international duty for England U19s.

New signing Josh Yerworth is away with Wales U21s and Rhys Murphy is cup-tied.

Former Crawley loanee last season, Anthony Wordsworth, could start for Southend.

Yates added: “We have a few players missing for one reason or another but the squad is bigger in terms of numbers so I won’t have any problem making one or two changes and seeing if the lads who come in can take their opportunity.

Joe McNerney in action during pre-season training. Picture by James Boardman SUS-150713-180634002

Joe McNerney in action during pre-season training. Picture by James Boardman SUS-150713-180634002

“The league is obviously our priority but wins in whatever competition breed confidence and if we can cut out the basic mistakes that have been plaguing us we can definitely get a result.”

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