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Forget Arsenal, It's Crawley Next

Forget Arsenal, It's Crawley Next

Coventry City experienced a double high at the weekend, scoring twice in the last twelve minutes to defeat Championship side Barnsley in the FA Cup before being drawn out of the hat for a second trip to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in the space of two seasons.

It's back to League One action before then, however, and the visit of Crawley Town to Northampton's Sixfields ground on Sunday afternoon for the reverse fixture of the opening day of the league season when Crawley were 3-2 winners and Sky Blues' supporters were left to fear a season of struggle on the pitch to go with the summer of turmoil off it.

Much has changed since then of course and Steven Pressley's side go into this game three points better off than their opponents even with a ten-point penalty.

Crawley recently made something of a surprise appointment, bringing former Aston Villa, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers boss John Gregory back into the English game.

The move brings back memories of when Coventry City were a Premier League side with a growing reputation and some of the most sought-after players in the top-flight (kids, ask your dads).

Robbie Keane had already netted six goals for the club in eleven games following his move from Wolves and City had hinted at their potential with big wins against Newcastle United and Watford in their previous two home games.

Then the young Irishman endeared himself even further to Sky Blues supporters with the winning goal against Villa, live on Sky on a Monday night in November 1999.

With Gregory thought to be under pressure for his job the home fans sang 'you're getting sacked in the morning' but Doug Ellis didn't pull the trigger this time and Villa reached that season's FA Cup final.

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Writer:CCFC
Date:Monday January 6 2014
Time: 8:15AM

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