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.