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DEREK Adams' Plymouth Argyle side travel to 16th-placed Crawley Town this Saturday...
...looking to complete back-to-back wins after last weekend's 3-0 demolition of Mansfield Town.
Crawley come into the fixture on the back of a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Accrington. The fiery affair saw former Green Simon Walton sent off as well as Stanley's Shay McCartan and unused substitute goalkeeper Jason Mooney after a melee.
With the midfielder missing, there seemed a chance he could be replaced in the starting line-up by another former Argyle man, Ross Jenkins. However, the 25-year-old midfielder moved to Romanian side ACS Poli Timisoara on Friday.
Crawley did make two signings on the eve of the game against Argyle, bringing in defender Tom Dallison on a month's loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, and signing free agent Andy Bond, a former Stevenage and Chorley midfielder.
Crawley have only won twice in 2016, which has seen them slide into the lower mid-table places. The pair of victories, both by a 1-0 scoreline, came against Stevenage and Cambridge respectively. The Sussex club, who are set to be taken over by a Turkish investor, are 11 points adrift of the play-off positions, but 13 above the drop zone.
The Pilgrims will need to be wary of Reds winger Gwion Edwards. The 22-year-old has scored seven times so far this season, including his side’s opener in the defeat to Accrington last weekend. The former Welsh U21 man joined the club from Premier League side Swansea in 2014 and has since scored 11 times in 65 appearances for his side.
Crawley, relegated from League 1 last season have only managed 36 goals from their 31 league games this season. Only the bottom five sides in the division (Newport, Hartlepool, York, Yeovil and Dagenham) have managed fewer. Crawley also have one of the worst defensive records in Sky Bet League 2 having conceded 52 goals this season, a feat only exceeded by York (53 goals) Dagenham and Stevenage (both 54) and Morecambe (57).
Historically there is nothing to separate the two sides after their three previous meetings. The first ended in a 2-0 win for Town after a Matt Tubbs brace in the 2011-12 season. The reverse fixture ended 1-1 which many fans will remember for former defender Maxime Blanchard's overhead-kick stealing a point in the dying seconds. Argyle picked up their first win against the Sussex side earlier this season as former Crystal Palace loanee Hiram Boateng scored an 89th minute winner after Roarie Deacon had leveled the scores just four minutes earlier. Forward Reuben Reid had opened the scoring in the first half.
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