Boateng set for debut as Crawley make four changes

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Hiram Boateng will make his Football League debut as Crawley take on Stevenage at the Stadium tonight.

The on-loan Crystal Palace midfielder comes into the side as one of four changes from the team which won 1-0 against Peterborough United on Saturday.

Boateng's only previous first team experience has come in the FA Cup where he has made two appearances for Palace.

The 18-year-old replaces Dannie Bulman in the centre of midfield where he will partner Andy Drury, who comes in for Gary Dicker.

Paul Connolly also makes his full debut after coming off the bench late on against Peterborough. He comes in at right-back with Mark Connolly moving into the centre of defence in place of Joe Walsh who is on international duty with Wales Under-21s.

The other change sees Billy Clarke return from a two game ban to partner Matt Tubbs in attack, Sullay Kaikai dropping to the bench.

Rookie midfielder Alex Malins is also among the substitutes with Connor Essam not included on the bench.

Stevenage make one change to the side which won 3-2 at Bradford on Saturday, John Mousinho replacing Peter Hartley.

Crawley (4-4-2): P Jones; P Connolly, McFadzean, M Connolly, Sadler; Simpson, Boateng, Drury, M Jones; Clarke, Tubbs. Subs: Maddison, Torres, Dicker, Malins, Bulman, Proctor, Kaikai.

Stevenage (4-5-1): Day; Obeng, Dembele, Ashton, Charles; Akins, Mousinho, Smith, Doughty, Freeman; Zoko. Subs: Arnold, Wedgbury, Jones, Burrow, Parrett, Hartley, Deacon.


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