Scott Lindsey has urged his Crawley side to keep feet on the ground after a strong start to the campaign.

The pre-season relegation favourites have taken seven points from their first three games in League Two.

They ended MK Dons’ perfect start by beating them 2-1 at the Broadfield Stadium.

Reds boss Lindsey said: “I’m pleased with the result but we are not getting carried away because it’s only a start at the moment.

“We’re really pleased with the way it has gone as we’ve signed a lot of players and it is pretty much a new team in many ways.

“There are six players who finished third from bottom, one who finished bottom (Liam Kelly), three others that other clubs didn’t want and one player who has come out of non-league in the (National League) South.

“So when you think about it we’ve done that to some top teams over the last three games and we’ve been brilliant.”

Crawley are desperate to make up for last season’s worst placing since entering the league, but former Swindon boss Lindsey said it was too early to call this a statement of intent.

He added: “We were heavily backed by a lot of media to get relegated. That’s the way it is. Sometimes these people get it wrong.

“Thinking about what we have here, we have got real talent.”

Reds turned on the style as under-fire co-owner Preston Johnson looked on for the first time this season.

Midfielder Liam Kelly had a shot tipped over the bar by keeper Craig MacGillivray before the Reds opened the scoring in the 16th minute.

Nick Tsaroulla gave MacGillivray no chance with an angled shot into the far corner after an exchange of pass with Danilo Orsi.

The Dons levelled with their first meaningful attack on 27 minutes through Mo Eisa who raced through on a pass by strike partner Jonathan Leko to hit his third goal of the season.

Eisa’s shot lacked power and although Corey Addai got a hand to the ball it trickled into the net.

Tsaroulla forced keeper MacGillivray to make a scrambling save before Orsi restored Crawley’s lead with his first goal for the club on 52 minutes with a well placed shot into the corner of the net after an assist by Dom Telford.

The Dons later had a let-off when defender Jay Williams headed powerfully against the bar from a free-kick by Will Wright.

Former Grimsby striker Orsi was denied a second goal in the last minute of normal time when his goal-bound shot was saved by MacGillivray.