Torres keeps place as Crawley bid to overcome Rovers at third attempt

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Sergio Torres makes only his third start of the season as Crawley Town attempt to beat Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup at the third time of asking.

Torres is rewarded for his man-of-the-match performance in the 1-0 win over Notts County ten days ago by keeping his place in midfield in an unchanged side.

That means skipper Josh Simpson has to be content with a place on the bench for the second match running after recovering from a hamstring injury.

New signing Matt Tubbs is cup-tied so Jamie Proctor and Emile Sinclair continue up front while Billy Clarke serves the second of a three-match ban, meaning boss John Gregory is only able to name five of the seven permitted substitutes.

Reds drew the initial second round tie 0-0 at the Memorial Ground at the start of December and the replay at the Stadium was also goalless when the match was abandoned three weeks ago.

The winners will travel to Birmingham City in the third round with Swansea City awaiting in the fourth round.

Rovers make two changes to the side which lost 2-0 at Rochdale in League Two ten days ago,Elliot Richards and Tom Lockyer coming in for Alefe Santos and Ollie Norburn.

Crawley (4-4-2): P Jones; Connolly, Walsh, McFadzean, Sadler; Adams, Drury, M Jones, Torres; Proctor, Sinclair. Subs: Maddison, Hurst, Simpson, Smith, Alexander.

Bristol Rovers (4-4-3): Mildenhall; Smith, Parkes, McChrystyal, Brown; Clark, Lockyer, O'Toole; Clarkson, Harrold, Richards. Subs: Woodward, Norburn, Harrison, Harding, Beardsley, Gough, Keary.


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