League One

April 23, 2013

Full-time

Crawley Town

1 - 0

Preston North End

League One

18:45 +00:00, April 23, 2013

Broadfield Stadium, England

Referee: S Hooper

Essam worry for Crawley

Team Stat Comparison

Crawley Town Preston North End
Matches Played 46 46
Table Position 10 14
Points 68 59
Goal Difference 1 5
Goals for * 1.5 1.0
Goals against * 1.2 1.2
Last 5 D-W-L-W-W D-L-W-D-W
Last 5 home D-W-W-D-W W-W-W-D-D
Last 5 away L-W-D-L-D D-L-D-L-L
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Crawley Town | Preston North End

Competition Stats

Crawley Town Preston North End
Goals Billy Clarke 10 Nicky Wroe 8
Assists Nicky Adams 9 Jeffrey Monakana 6
Yellows David Hunt 7 Keith Keane 9
Reds Hope Akpan 2 Bailey Wright 1
Squads: Crawley Town | Preston North End

Next Matches

Crawley Town Preston North End
4/18 H: Leyton Orient 4/18 A: Brentford
4/21 A: Notts County 4/21 H: Shrewsbury Town
4/26 A: Bradford City 4/26 H: Gillingham
4/29 H: Carlisle United 5/3 A: Crewe Alexandra
5/3 H: Bristol City

Connor Essam is an injury doubt for Crawley's clash with Preston.

The defender missed Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Oldham after suffering a knock to his hip against Coventry the week before.

Mark Connolly replaced Essam at the back and scored Crawley's goal at Boundary Park.

But the defeat ended Town's slim play-off hopes so manager Richie Barker could make further changes after admitting some of his players looked "leggy''.

Skipper Josh Simpson has made two substitute appearances since recovering from an ankle injury so he could start along with fellow midfielder Matt Sparrow, who is over a recent hamstring problem.

Defender Kyle MacFadzean is unlikely to feature again this season after a long battle against a virus.

Preston can welcome back top scorer Nicky Wroe from suspension.

Wroe was forced to sit out Saturday's 1-0 win against Tranmere at Deepdale after picking up a red card against Carlisle but is in line to earn an immediate recall.

Lee Holmes came off the bench to make his first-team return from a hamstring injury against Rovers and will be pushing for a starting place along with Wroe.

Will Hayhurst showed no signs of concern following a hamstring injury with Keith Keane now also fully fit following a hernia problem.

Stuart Beavon (shoulder) remains a doubt meaning Joe Garner could have the chance to lead the line once more.

Jeffrey Monakana's goal on the stroke of half-time was enough to see Simon Grayson's men secure their third consecutive home win without conceding a goal at the weekend, but the Lancashire club now end their season with two away trips.