Akpan eyes recall after brace

Akpan: Wants first-team action

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Hope Akpan staked his claim for a recall to the Crawley starting line-up ahead of Saturday's trip to Rotherham with a brace for the reserves.

The former Everton midfielder has been consigned to a place on the bench in recent weeks but gave manager Steve Evans a gentle nudge as Town thumped Sussex neighbours Brighton 5-0.

Crawley were four up at half-time thanks to Akpan's double and further goals from Jon-Paul Pittman and John Akinde, and Michael Doughty added the fifth near the end.

It was a surprise result against a strong Brighton side including first-teamers such as Ashley Barnes, Kazenga LuaLua and Romain Vincelot.

But the visitors could not find a way past former Seagulls keeper Michel Kuipers as they slipped to a heavy defeat.