Crawley have been told their mission is still to ensure safety – as play-off excitement mounts.

Reds are a point off the League Two play-off places thanks to four successive wins at the Broadfield Stadium.

Head coach Gabriele Cioffi is happy for them to dream of promotion.

But he also wants them to harvest points to sustain them over a hard winter.

He told The Argus: “We want to be safe as soon as we can.

“In the league, when you are safe, you play more relaxed.

“These lads can play without burden, especially the young players – and we have a lot of young players.

“Everyone inside this dressing room is dreaming.

“Every one of us is a dreamer. What I said to the lads last week was – no dreamer, no party.

“But the first goal is as many points as we can so we put, as we say in Italy, meat in the storage. In the winter, when it’s snowing, you have the meat and you can eat.

“This meat is our points. Then for sure will come the positive momentum.”

Cioffi is likely to make use of his squad tonight when Reds host Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy.

One certain switch will see Yusuf Mersin replace Glenn Morris in goal.