Sheffield United: Crawley in confident mood

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CRAWLEY Town have made a positive statement of intent in the transfer market, according to winger Nicky Adams.

Adams was speaking following an influx of new players, including Lateef Elford-Alliyu, Jimmy Spencer and Jamie Proctor, at Broadfield Stadium during last month’s window.

Adams, who started Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Swindon Town, predicted the arrival of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Matt Sparrow could prove a particularly astute piece of business.

“Gus Poyet (Brighton manager) does not have bad players in his teams,” he said. “Matt is an all round great footballer and loves to get on the ball.

“He is a proper centre midfielder and hopefully he will be good for me because he’ll get it out wide and I can attack the full-backs.

“And with Jamie, he is physical but also has very good technique.”

Crawley, beaten 2-0 by United in December, are 14th in the League One table. But with only six points separating them from Danny Wilson’s side who occupy the fourth play-off berth, the visitors still harbour serious aspirations of promotion.

“If you look at the table there are not many points separating teams and if we can win two or three on the bounce that might put us in the top four,” Adams said. “It will go down to the wire and those who get into the play-offs will have put a run of wins together. To stay in the mix we have to make sure we win our home games.”

Crawley are expected to include former United loanee Billy Clarke in their squad.