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Cup Preview: Crawley Town v. Bolton Wanderers

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The draw was made days before the season commenced as it was announced that Bolton Wanderers would travel to the Broadfield Stadium to take on Crawley Town FC. The match will be Bolton's fourth in ten days so expect Owen Coyle to make a number of changes to the side that drew Nottingham Forest 2-2. Youngsters like Joe Riley, Josh Vela, and Marcos Alonso could be given their first real tests of the season.

The only real injury worry for Bolton is David Ngog who has been suffering from the same back issue since the start of preseason. The forward did start for Bolton Wanderers reserves earlier today as they lost 1-0 to Norwich City. Ngog came closest for the youth with a header from a deflected cross that took a great save from the Norwich goalkeeper to stop.

Crawley Town have started their League One season off brightly with two wins and one loss, with clean sheets coming in both of the positive results. Central defender Claude Davis (who is carrying a pelvic injury) had to come off during their match at Doncaster due to a forehead gash that required stitches. It's wait-and-see for former Bolton youth defender Mark Connolly on whether or not Reds' boss Richie Barker will hand him the start after being sat on the bench for the team's 1-0 Doncaster Rovers win.

Speaking to the official website, Owen Coyle said:

"Certainly there will be no complacency on our part when we face Crawley on Tuesday," he explained.

"They are very much a club on the up and the owner has real ambitions. We will not underestimate them as opponents.

"It has been a busy first week of the season - this is our fourth game in ten days, so I will be looking to freshen things up.

"The tie offers us the chance to give a run out to players who haven't featured yet. They will be fresh and this is a good opportunity for them to push their claim for a regular starting place.

"We have looked at having two players for each position this season and that is good for competition and gives us options in our cup campaigns."