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Reds boss will give others chance to shine against Eagles
CRAWLEY boss Richie Barker has warned supporters not to read too much into his team selection for last night’s game with Albion. Barker only used 13 players and his starting line-up was close to what some believe will play in the League One opener against Coventry a week on Saturday.
But the Reds boss said a different team will take the field against Premier League Crystal Palace on Saturday and he will make his choice based on performances in both games.
Players like summer signing Andy Drury, Sergio Torres and Gary Alexander will get the opportunity against the Eagles to stake their claim for a place.
Barker said: “We managed to get eight outfield players 90 minutes. The rest who didn’t get an opportunity from the bench will get 90 minutes at the weekend.
“I’m really pleased with how the game went. The players kept at it, stuck to their task extremely well and we created a good number of chances, especially in the second half.
“We have built the players up nicely with 45 minutes and then some 60 minutes, then we have ended up with eight getting 90. There were a couple of players I would have liked to have got 90 minutes who I didn’t think were quite there yet so it was better to be safe than sorry.
“Andy Drury only played 45 last week after being injured for ten days and James Hurst the same, hence why he only played 70 minutes tonight.
“Andy will get 90 on Saturday because he has stepped up his rehab fairly quickly.”
Drury and Hurst are Barker’s only summer signings to date. The Reds have been trying to bring in further additions but with just over a week before the start of the season they remain frustrated.
Barker said: “We have had a few conversations with a few people. It is tough because you are bringing people in a week before the season starts and if you do get them they are not quite aware of what we are trying to do so you are starting again.”