Tomlin fit to make Crawley debut but Simpson still sidelined

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Gavin Tomlin makes his belated debut for Crawley in today’s clash with Swindon Town at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

The former Port Vale striker missed the opening two games of the season due to a hamstring injury picked up in the final friendly against a Chelsea XI.

Boss John Gregory has brought him straight into the starting line-up to partner Izale McLeod up front despite Reds winning both their opening games.

Gregory also keeps faith with Sonny Bradley at left-back after he impressed in the unfamiliar position in the Capital One Cup victory against Ipswich Town on Tuesday.

That means Ryan Dickson is pushed into left midfield where he came on to good effect against the Tractor Boys.

Bobson Bawling and Lewis Young are the two players who drop to the bench while skipper Josh Simpson remains sidelined by an ankle injury.

Swindon make one change from the side which beat Luton Town in the Capital One Cup in midweek with Jack Barthram replacing the injured Brad Smith at right wing-back.

Crawley (4-4-2): Jensen; Oyebanjo, Leacock, Walsh, Bradley; Edwards, Henderson, Smith, Dickson; McLeod, Tomlin.

Swindon (3-5-2): Foderingham; N Thompson, Branco, Turnbull; Byrne, Kasim, Luongo, Gladwin, Barthram; L Thompson, Smith M. Subs: Belford, Lelan, Marshall, Randall, Waldon, Barker, Williams

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