By Ryan McCaig
Ex Rotherham fan favourite Richie Barker, is hoping to better Crawley’s finishing position of 10th last season. The reds manager saw his Town side finish the season with a flourish of good form, in which Crawley threatened to clinch a play-off place.
The summer transfer window saw various arrivals and departures to the football club, distinguished football league players such as Emile Sinclair and Andy Drury joined the reds. Whilst first team players Mustupha Dumbuya, Matt Sparrow and David Hunt left the team.
Currently the team are sitting in 13th place in League 1, although if they are victorious in the game in hand would see them plough their way up too 9th place, the Red Devils are in fact only four points off a play-off spot. Town suffered a poor start to the season, in August, out of a possible 15 points in the league they only picked up 1, whilst also being knocked out of the League Cup by League Two’s Cheltenham.
Barker enjoyed more success in September, as he went on too convincingly beat Lee Johnson’s Oldham. They also recorded draws with Colchester and Shrewsbury, although the month was filled with some negativity as they got knocked out of the Johnston’s Paint Trophy, by newly promoted League Two side, Newport County.
The month of October, which included the Loan acquisition of exciting young Doncaster midfielder, Kyle Bennett (brother of Brighton’s Elliot Bennett), was not one to remember for the Crawley faithful. Despite beating inform Bradford, with Centre Backs, Sadler and McFadzean, managing to keep a clean sheet against the inform strike partnership of Nakhi Wells and James Hanson. Town went on to lose to both Port Vale and Stevenage, failing to score in either game, unfortunately starting November as they ended the previous month, with a loss against Brentford.
Goals have seemingly been the main problem for the Sussex side, the squad consists of many strikers: Alexander, Clarke, Sinclair, but none of them have found there shooting boots this season, only mustering 8 goals between them.
If the current form continues for Richie Barker, considering the current climate of sacking managers, he may be heading for the exit of the Broadfield Stadium.