Crawley Town v Bradford City: Reds must keep former Everton and Sunderland striker quiet in home clash

Reece Grego-Cox was on the scoresheet for Crawley in their 2-1 defeat at Bradford City in October. Picture by Steve Robards
Reece Grego-Cox was on the scoresheet for Crawley in their 2-1 defeat at Bradford City in October. Picture by Steve Robards

Crawley face up against another team near the top of the table this weekend as they host Bradford City.

Last week Crawley grabbed a point against Forest Green Rovers, who are in a very similar league position to this week's opponents.

Bradford currently occupy fourth position in League Two and will be looking to bounce straight back up to League One, following their relegation last season.

The Bantams come into this on an eight game unbeaten run in the league, with their last defeat coming on November 23 against Plymouth Argyle.

Last Saturday Bradford secured a 1-1 draw at league leaders Swindon Town due to an 89th minute free kick from Shay McCarten.

Bradford know either a point or all three against Crawley could be enough to move them into an automatic promotion place depending on results elsewhere.

The Bantams have proved themselves to be a solid defensive unit, conceding just two goals in their previous seven league games.

They also share the best defensive record in the league with Cheltenham Town and Forest Green Rovers, conceding just 20 goals in 25 league games so far this season.

They’ll certainly be tough to break down but Crawley will also feel they have become a solid defensive side since John Yems has took charge of the Reds.

Yems has tightened up the defence and it has shown in Crawley’s performances, with them conceding much fewer goals.

That defence will have to remain solid to keep out James Vaughan, who has nine league goals this season and is a constant threat during games.

At Valley Parade he was dealt with well by the Crawley defence and Vaughan was clearly frustrated during the game.

If Crawley marshal the defence well and take away their chances they have a strong chance of winning the game, as they could’ve against Forest Green if they took their chances.

John Yems will be looking for another solid performance from Crawley and hopefully they can remain unbeaten in 2020.