Date: 21st February 2014 at 11:10am
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Skipper Josh Simpson has said that Crawley are raring to go having not had any match action for a month owing to successive postponements from waterlogged pitches.

The Crawley team travelled to the Midlands yesterday in readiness for the game against Walsall this weekend, and the players are going to get some good grass practice in and manager John Gregory has called on his old club Aston Villa and arranged a few sessions today at their Bodymoor Heath training facility, and that follows on from sessions yesterday at the FA’s National Centre at Burton.

Speaking to the Official Site today, Simpson explained.

‘It’s been such a frustrating month, especially on Tuesday when most of us got here to find out the game had been called off. We were gutted and feel sorry for the staff, who worked hard to get the game on, and of course the fans.’

He goes on to say that ahead of the game this weekend, the team will have had two good days training on grass pitches so our preparation will be good, and hopefully we can bring an end to the lack of game time by taking all three points and changing a habit which sees draws normally occur against Walsall.

‘It will be a tough game, but one we are looking forward to. We’ve got a really good group now and the new lads have fitted in well. They are looking forward to the putting the shirt on for the first time.’

There could be a number of debutants in the game if Gregory selects them, so the first team selection will be interesting as you wouldn’t expect him to blood them all in one go.