ECHOSPORT talks to Crawley Town fan John Lucy ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup first round clash against Southend United at Roots Hall.

Crawley are currently 12th in the League Two standings but what have you made of the season so far?

“The season so far has gone better than the last two or three seasons.

“A lot of deadwood has been cleared and we have signed a few gems.

“Our home form has been good and even though we won away at League leaders Lincoln City, the away form really needs to improve, hopefully starting this weekend!”

What are the hopes for Crawley this season and what do you feel the team can achieve?

“Staying in the EFL is the first priority and if the away form should improve then it would be good to make the play-offs.”

Harry Kewell started the season as manager but left to join Notts County at the end of August.

Were the fans sad to see him go and has much changed since then with Gabriele Cioffi in charge?

“Were the fans sad to see Harry Kewell go? In one word: no.

“He didn’t have a ‘Plan B’ and his gameplan was the same every match.

“The arrival of the new management team has been a breath of fresh air and fans are now leaving the stadium with smiles on their faces.”

Who would you say is Crawley’s dangerman?

“It’s got to be big Ollie Palmer up front.

“He’s bagged himself nine goals already this season to make him a fans’ favourite so he would be the main one to watch at the moment.

Your goalkeeper Glenn Morris spent two seasons with Southend earlier on in his career.

How has he been playing for you?

“This will be a return to Roots Hall for Glenn Morris, who has been our player of the season for two successive seasons.

“He’s unbelievably brilliant.

“There is a rumour that Gigi Buffon actually has a signed photo of Glenn on his bedroom wall!

“I hope he gets a good reception.”

What’s the team news for the game?

“I think we have pretty much an injury free team to choose from and fingers crossed, big Bondz N’Gala is selected.”

What’s the predicted starting line-up for Saturday’s game?

Morris, Francomb, Connolly, N’Gala, Maguire, Vincelot, Payne, Bulman, Morais, Palmer, Camara