Gary Alexander starts for Crawley against Coventry

Crawley players celebrate Matt Sadler's goal that made the score 3-0  against Premiership side Crystal Palace (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Crawley players celebrate Matt Sadler's goal that made the score 3-0 against Premiership side Crystal Palace (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Striker Gary Alexander has been handed his first Crawley Town start since January 12 as Richie Barker names him in the starting XI to face troubled Coventry for the first game of the new season today.

Alexander spent much of last season out on loan but starts alongside Jamie Proctor in attack, taking the place of Billy Clarke who misses out inclusion in the squad after his partner went into labour this morning.

Meanwhile fit-again Kyle McFadzean also starts, his first competative Reds game since the end of November last year because of that virus, and Joe Walsh gets the nod alongside him at the heart of defence.

Reds will be looking to capitalise on their opponents’ off-field problems, they were deducted ten points yesterday for part of the club going into liquidation, though Richie Barker and his troops will be keen not to underestimate a side who could still feature at the sharp end of the League 1 table.

Teams:

Reds: Paul Jones, James Hurst, Mat Sadler, Kyle McFadzean, Joe Walsh, Josh Simpson, Dannie Bulman, Nicky Adams, Mike Jones, Jamie Proctor, Gary Alexander.

Subs: Mark Connolly, Connor Essam, Sergio Torres, Andy Drury, Jonny Maddison.

Coventry: Joe Murphy, Cyrus Christie, Blair Adams, Conor Thomas, John Fleck, Carl Baker, Leon Clarke, Franck Moussa, Jordan Willis, Callum Wilson, Jordan Clarke.

Subs: Lee Burge, Adam Barton, Billy Daniels, Aaron Philips, Louis Garner, Leon Lobjoit, Ben Maund.