Crawley boss Gabriele Cioffi insists he was never worried about relegation.

Reds have taken seven points from their last three games to pull away from the League Two drop zone.

They are 12 points clear of 23rd place ahead of today’s game at Carlisle. That buffer was just six points with five games – against a mixture of promotion chasers and relegation scrappers – to go.

But, asked whether he feared Reds would drop out of the league, Cioffi told The Argus: “No, never. In ten games, we collected probably four points but we deserved to have 12 or 13.

“Now let’s finish the season and then we can plan everything in a proper way.”

Cioffi confirmed there was still time for players to affect his summer plans.

Reds close the season at home to high-flying Tranmere a week tomorrow.

He added: “Everyone who is doing his job, be it manager or player, has to show he is good enough for next season.”

Attacking threat Panuche Camara is expected to be attract interest during the close-season.