February 18, 2013
O'Brien poised for Crawley debut
Team Stat Comparison
|Crawley Town||Doncaster Rovers|
|Goals for *||1.5||1.6|
|Goals against *||1.2||0.9|
|Last 5 home||D-W-W-D-W||L-L-W-W-D|
|Last 5 away||L-W-D-L-D||W-W-L-W-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Crawley Town | Doncaster Rovers|
Crawley have no fresh injury worries for the televised visit of Doncaster on Monday night.
Manager Richie Barker has been without Kyle McFadzean since November with a virus but the defender is around 10 days away from a return to action.
One player who will be available to Barker is new signing Aiden O'Brien, who joined on loan from Millwall earlier this week.
The 19-year-old Republic of Ireland Under-21 international will be with the Reds until the end of the season.
Barker's side threw away a 1-0 lead as they lost to Scunthorpe last weekend and the manager admitted he told the players a few home truths after the match.
That defeat meant Crawley have won just three of their last 15 npower League One games but despite that fact they are unbeaten at home in nearly two months.
A late goal from Nicky Ajose earned Town a 1-0 win when the sides last met back in August.
Chris Brown's knee problem has dealt Doncaster another injury blow.
Brown could be out for up to two months after damaging ligaments during the 2-1 home defeat to Walsall last weekend and joins fellow striker Iain Hume on the sidelines.
David Syers is still struggling with an ankle problem while fellow midfielder Paul Keegan missed Tuesday night's goalless draw with MK Dons at the Keepmoat Stadium after a dead leg forced him off against the Saddlers.
Rovers boss Brian Flynn is trying to bolster his midfield and attacking options with loan signings ahead of Monday's match in West Sussex.
"We're awaiting return calls from a number of managers in regards to requests I've made,'' said Flynn. "We're in a wait-and-see situation.
"Because we're without Browny, Iain Hume and David Syers, a forward is the number one area I'm looking at. But I'd like to have two new players in by the time we play Crawley.''