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Adams backs Reds to make a push
Nicky Adams believes having the smallest squad in League One could actually enhance Crawley’s prospects of success this season.
The lack of options available to boss Richie Barker was highlighted last week when they were only able to name five of their seven permitted substitutes for the opening match against Coventry City.
Barker will have Billy Clarke at his disposal again for the trip to Tranmere today following the birth of his son but will still be without Jonte Smith, Louis John and Alex Malins leaving them with only 16 fit outfield players.
That is around half the number of some of the other sides in the division but Adams points to the achievements of Yeovil last season as evidence that a small squad does not necessarily rule out any chance of promotion.
The Glovers beat Brentford in the play-off final at Wembley to clinch a place in the Championship and Adams says there is no reason why Crawley cannot emulate them.
Adams said: “People say that we’ve got a small squad and if we get injuries we might have a problem but look at what Yeovil did with a small squad last season.
“They got promoted and we can take inspiration from that. Yes, we have got a small squad but we have got a good team.
“We are a good tight knit bunch and have got individuals who can turn a game on its head at any time.”
Crawley got off to a good start last season and were in the play-off places until mid-November before their challenge started to fade in the new year.
Reds finished the season well to come an impressive tenth in what was their debut season in League One and Adams is confident they can improve on that this time around.
He added: “We are not going to start shouting we are definitely going to get promoted but I am quietly confident.
“We turned a lot of good teams over last year and were unlucky not to make the play-offs so we don’t fear anyone in this division.
“It is early days but it was good to start with a win last week. You have got to get that momentum going early on and if you can stay in there until the end of the season you never know.
“We have got a tough start to the season. Some of the teams we have to play like Wolves were in the Premier League a few years ago but I say bring them on.
“You want to test yourself against them.
“You don’t want to fear them or you won’t get anywhere.”