Match Of The Week: Manchester United 1-0 Crawley Town

Perhaps we should spare a thought for the ordinary supporters of Crawley Town. The thousand or so die-hards that have been going to Broadfield Stadium for a few years have had a tough time of it over the last few seasons and they may well believe that they, if no-one else, have earned their day in the spotlight. It’s also worth pointing out that support for the odious Steve Evans isn’t anything like as unanimously popular as one would expect, considering that this season is by a long way the most successful in the history of their club. Similarly, the players, whilst clearly too good for the level at which they play their trade, are paid to do a job and do it. Whatever may or may not happen at some indeterminate point in the future of Crawley Town Football Club is not their fault. With a draw against Manchester United in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, most of the concerns over how the club was funding its extravagance have evaporated, as well. The line “it’ll all end in tears” has been said a lot about Crawley over the last few weeks and months, but this FA Cup run will have earned them well over £1m. The costs of the spending spree have more than been met. That isn’t to say that there aren’t still serious questions...

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