Crawley Town v Crewe: Reds welcome back international duo

On-loan striker Aiden O'Brien misses out after his exertions for Ireland under-21s last night
On-loan striker Aiden O'Brien misses out after his exertions for Ireland under-21s last night

Dannie Bulman is restored to the Crawley Town side as skipper for tonight’s visit of Crewe Alexandra in League One.

Bulman comes in for Reading midfielder Jake Taylor, while Reds also welcome back international duo Joe Walsh and Mustapha Dumbuya, who would have been unavailable for tonight’s original fixture on Saturday due to their commitments with Wales under-21s and Sierra Leone respectively.

The other member of Richie Barker’s squad to be involved in internationals this week, on-loan Millwall striker Aiden O’Brien, is not involved after featuring for Republic of ireland under-21s last night in Dublin.

Meanwhile, Josh Simpson makes his return from an ankle injury after more than a month out, and Mark Connolly is recalled to the centre of defence in place of Connor Essam.

Crewe are without their Ginea international and top-scorer Mathias Pogba, who did not return from international duty in time, as boss Steve Davis makes just two changes to the side which beat MK Dons seven days ago.

Crawley Town: Paul Jones, Mustapha Dumbuya, Mat Sadler, Mark Connolly, Joe Walsh, Dannie Bulman, Matt Sparrow, Nicky Adams, Billy Clarke, Jamie Proctor, Paul Hayes.

Subs: Connor Essam, Sergio Torres, Josh Simpson, David Hunt, Lateef Elford-Alliyu, Mike Jones, Johnny Maddison.

Crewe: Steve Phillips, Harry Davis, Mark Ellis, Ajay Leitch-Smith, Byron Moore, Oliver Turton, Kelvin Mellor, Gregor Robertson, Abdul Osman, Ryan Colclough, Nathan Ellington.

Subs: Matt Tootle, Max Clayton, Alan Martin, George Ray, Michael West, Chucks Aneke, Liam Nolan.