Yates wants to reward fans that make Carlisle trip

Crawley Town V Bristol Rovers (Pic by Jon & Joe Rigby) SUS-151121-221843008
Crawley Town V Bristol Rovers (Pic by Jon & Joe Rigby) SUS-151121-221843008

Crawley Town manager Mark Yates says he hopes his side can reward the supporters that make the 700-mile round trip to Carlisle on Saturday.

On paper - the long trip aside - it looks another tough test for Reds with Keith Curle’s side in the play-off places after one defeat in their last five in League Two.

Mark Yates’ side have also only lost one of their last five games - the defeat coming against Northampton Town midweek and ending their record-equalling home winning run.

The Cumbrians, who only secured their Football League status last season with two games to spare, go into the game on the back of a thrilling 4-3 win at Luton on Tuesday night.

Yates said: “It’s a tough trip, a long trip. Any supporters that make the journey - 347 miles I think it is from ground to ground - credit to them, I hope they do and hopefully we can put in a good performance for them.

“They have brought in some good players and it will be a tough game, we know that.

“I think we have gained 19 points from a possible 30, so nearly two points a game. If we have got that then we have got a chance.

“That’s our aim as many points as we can as quickly as we can and take it from there, but I am relatively pleased with where we are - I’d like to a couple higher for sure, but we aren’t out of anything and are showing we have a little bit about us.”

Shamir Fenelon made another stake for a place in the starting line-up after an impressive display off the bench against the Cobblers.

And when questioned on if Reds take into account a different style of play on the road, Yates added: “We have not set up too differently away from home as we have away from home.

“Matt Harrold and Rhys Murphy up top and two wide men, we have been pretty attacking.

“We will see what we have got and how people have come out of a tough encounter against Northampton with bumps and bruises and go from there.”

Lanre Oyebanjo will be out for six weeks after a second operation on his knee this week and Joe McNerney is ruled out until Christmas.

Fit-again Gavin Tomlin will be looking for a place in the matchday squad.

Graham Salisbury’s is Saturday’s match official, the last Reds game he took charge of was last season’s 2-2 draw with MK Dons, which was famous for Harrold’s heroics in goal.

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