Crawley’s Connolly injury doubt for Accrington

Mark Connolly. Crawley v Barnet. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160823-072514001

Mark Connolly. Crawley v Barnet. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160823-072514001

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Crawley Town defender Mark Connolly may miss tomorrow’s game against Accrington Stanley.

Head coach Dermot Drummy may rest the former Kilmarnock player after he picked up a groin injury in training this week.

Jimmy Smith - Crawley Town FC v Wycombe Wanderers FC. Photo by Jack Beard. Fwd: Crawley v Wycombe (Full-Time) OAK-160806-E85855861

Jimmy Smith - Crawley Town FC v Wycombe Wanderers FC. Photo by Jack Beard. Fwd: Crawley v Wycombe (Full-Time) OAK-160806-E85855861

Drummy revealed: “Mark is injured, he has a slight groin. I’d say he is a doubt but knowing Mark, he will tell me he’s fine.

However skipper Jimmy Smith should be fit to play having come off the field injured last weekend during their 2-1 defeat away at Cheltenham.

“He collided with the keeper and I think he should have come off at half-time but he tried to carry on but he was limping.

“He’s OK though, he has trained fully this week. I actually said to him at half-time not to be a hero if he thought he wasn’t fit. I pulled him off and he’s fine now.”

Drummy is pleased with how his players have looked in training this week and hopes they can lead to a turnaround against Accrington Stanley.

He said: “The level of training yesterday was one of the best I’ve seen here, with Dean Cox involved.

“We had a nine v nine game and the level was very impressive, so I hope we turn the defeat at Cheltenham into a response against Accrington.”

Drummy believes Accrington will prove to be tough opponents.

He said: “I watched them at West Ham in the League Cup and I was very impressed with them and I think it will be an exciting game, their manager (John Coleman) is very experienced.

“We know against Accrington we’ve got be on our mettle to get a victory. They will be physical and will go at us and we will go at them and I don’t think they’ll sit back for a draw.

“I don’t think that’s in our locker or in our locker.”

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