Crawley v Brentford preview

FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman has given his support to
under-fire manager Steve McClaren in the wake of Saturday’s defeat
to Heerenveen.

The 2-1 setback at the Abe Lenstra Stadion stretched the
Enschede club’s winless streak to six matches although it was just
their second defeat in that run.

Twente are six points behind Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven
with 10 matches remaining and some fans have grown restless due to
the side not winning a competitive match since before
Christmas.

However, Munsterman, who spoke up for McClaren last week, is
unconcerned by Saturday’s defeat and is still convinced the
beleaguered Englishman, who brought them their first ever league
title in 2009, can transform their fortunes.

“There have been no developments. I’m still behind what I’ve
said last Monday,” Munsterman told De Telegraaf.

“For us, the situation has not changed with this defeat. It is a
stable situation at the club.”

Crawley skipper Josh Simpson will miss the visit of the
Bees.

The midfielder was sidelined for Saturday’s 1-0 win at Leyton
Orient with an ankle injury and is still awaiting the results of a
scan.

Kyle McFadzean will also be absent although the defender, who
has been out since November following a virus, is back in training
and has been pencilled in for a reserve game later this week.

On-loan Millwall striker Aiden O’Brien made his debut as a late
sub against Orient and should be involved again, while defender
Connor Essam is still awaiting his first taste of action following
his January switch from Gillingham.

But boss Richie Barker is unlikely to tinker too much after Town
picked up their first win in six matches against the O’s.

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler is set to make changes for the trip to
the Red Devils.

The Bees missed the chance to close the gap on the play-off
places after a lacklustre goalless draw with Walsall on
Saturday.

On-loan Wigan defender Rob Kiernan is still out with a knee
knock, midfielder Kevin O’Connor has an ankle injury and striker
Farid El Alagui remains sidelined with his knee problem, but Rosler
has no new injury worries.

However, the German plans to freshen up his side so midfielder
Harry Forrester is in line for a recall while defender Liam Moore
could make his debut following his recent loan switch from
Leicester.

On-loan Charlton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips lasted just
over an hour on his debut and is likely to get another chance from
the start.