Reds looking to keep run going

John Gregory has lost just once so far at Crawley

John Gregory has lost just once so far at Crawley

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John Gregory insists momentum is with Crawley as they look to progress in the FA Cup.

The Reds are due to face Bristol Rovers in a delayed FA Cup second round replay at the Checkatrade.com Stadium tonight.

This is a third attempt to play the game and Crawley are confident it will go ahead despite the continued bad weather.

Gregory, below, will be looking to extend a run of just one defeat in five games since he took over, including two wins in their last three matches.

The enforced break, due to postponements away to Swindon on New Year’s Day and Bristol Rovers on Saturday, has been unwelcome and Gregory is keen to pick where they left off against Notts County last time out on December 29.

He said: “We had a very good performance here against Notts County in our last home game. Even though it was only 1-0, it was the most one-sided 1-0 I have seen for a long time.

“The momentum is good for us at the moment.

“We were ready to play at Swindon and the boys were very disappointed when the game didn’t go ahead. That shows you something about them. They are ready to play, they want to get on the field again, they want to keep this good run going.”

Gregory will not be able to call upon new loan signing Matt Tubbs, who is cup-tied.

Fellow forward Billy Clarke serves the second of a three-match ban while skipper Dannie Bulman continues to be missing with a fractured cheekbone.

League Two strugglers Bristol Rovers also have players missing through injury but Gregory is aware of the threat they pose.

He said: “They are a bit hot and cold which is possibly why they are where they are in League Two at the moment but you know when they come here, they will have nothing to lose and they will be fired up.

“The draw has pitched the winner to travel to Birmingham City which I’m sure will be very well attended. It is an opportunity for both of us to make an extra bit of finance as well so it won’t be easy.”

Crawley have been working hard on the pitch to ensure the match can be played.

Chief executive Michael Dunford said yesterday: “At the moment we are confident that the game will go ahead.

“There are no guarantees of course because of the weather but the forecasts for Wednesday indicate it will be dry and if that is the case we don’t envisage any problems.”

Admission is £5 for adults and £3 concessions.

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