CLASH IS ONE FOR THE DE­FEN­SIVE PURISTS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

ASKED how the game at the Broad­field Sta­dium might pan out, Craw­ley boss Harry Kewell’s fore­cast con­tained the words ‘ag­gres­sive’ and ‘en­ter­tain­ing’.

Nei­ther fea­ture turned out to be per­ti­nent as the con­test was in­trigu­ing but not packed full of goal at­tempts at both ends.

The rea­son was not the ag­gres­sion of both teams but their won­der­fully-sound cen­tral-de­fen­sive work. Ref­eree John Busby only had to reach for his yel­low card once.

For Craw­ley, Josh Yor­w­erth and Josh Le­lan were more than an equal mea­sure for the at­tack which had taken County to se­cond place in the ta­ble.

Mean­while, the calm­ness of Shaun Bris­ley and Richard Duffy eas­ily ex­plained why, in the space of their last four matches, the visi­tors have gone over six hours with­out con­ced­ing a goal.

That pat­tern could have been bro­ken af­ter Bris­ley limped off in­jured but County re­mained se­cure and needed a rare mis­take to break through.

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