Crawley transfers ‘show we mean business’

Crawley midfielder Nicky Adams
Crawley midfielder Nicky Adams

Nicky Adams has saluted the ‘intent’ shown by Crawley Town during the transfer window.

The Reds have recruited three new frontmen; Lateef Elford-Alliyu, Jimmy Spencer and Jamie Proctor, plus Brighton midfielder Matt Sparrow, and winger Adams is delighted with the new additions, who he believes show Crawley mean business in the scramble for a play-off place.

Although Crawley dropped to 11th in the League One table after a combination of Walsall’s win against Bournemouth, and their own inactivity due to a frozen pitch, Adams is confident.

He said: “It’s a long season, we have quite a few games left and to bring in a few fresh faces is good. The players who have come in are good players and they have fitted in really well. It shows what sort of players the gaffer wants here and wants to bring in. It shows intent for how we want to finish the season, we are still in the mix for the play-offs.”

Adams, who signed from Rochdale in the summer, has experience of playing against both Proctor, who was at Preston last year before a move to Swansea, and Sparrow - who he hopes will provide him with the opportunity to supply ammunition for the strikers.

“Gus Poyet (Brighton manager) does not have bad players in his teams,” Adams said of Sparrow. “Matt is all round great footballer and loves to get on the ball, he is a proper centre midfielder, hopefully he will be good for me, will get it out wide for me and I can attack the full-backs. And with Jamie, he is physical but also has very good technique.”

The Reds currently sit just two points off a play-off spot in a congested League One table where nine points separate third from 13th, and Adams is ready for a nailbiting finish.

He said: “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. It will go down 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. We have said in the past the pitch has cost us a few results but we cannot make excuses. We have to go for it now, we have three or four home games coming up, if we get some points out of that it will set us up.”

Adams is targeting his most successful season yet, his ten goals so far just three shy of his best-ever tally, set in 2007/08 while at Bury.

He added: “I always want more. A few people have said ‘you are having a great season’, but as for my own personal targets I am never satisfied. Even if I have played well and scored I always look at what I could have done better.”