Drummy: FA Cup exit gleaned refreshing sights and opportunities to play different ways

Crawley Town's James Collins. Picture PW Sporting Photography SUS-160611-220226001
Crawley Town's James Collins. Picture PW Sporting Photography SUS-160611-220226001

Dermot Drummy has reflected on the positives and is keen to take Crawley Town’s brave FA Cup showing into their League Two campaign.

Despite Reds crashing out in a 4-2 extra-time loss at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, the head coach revealed he saw some ‘refreshing sights’ and opportunities to play different ways.

Drummy has much favoured the 4-2-3-1 formation this season, which switches to a 4-5-1, but Reds looked dangerous when switching to a 4-4-2 at the Memorial Stadium.

The Crawley boss said: “If you can harness the spirit and keep them positive then that’s a good thing. We have to concentrate on the league campaign now.

“We had an opportunity I think to beat Bristol Rovers at home and it didn’t materialise because of the sending off.

“We went to a very good club with a great atmosphere and acquitted ourselves, it didn’t go our way, but I have to take a positive out of it that it is not three points in the league.

“It is a cup run we wanted that we aren’t going to get, but I have also seen some really refreshing sights in the players and it gives my opportunities to play a different way.”

After breaking his nose in the cup exit, Matt Harrold is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Mansfield along with Adi Yussuf and Chris Arthur, who both sustained injuries.

Drummy will assess the players with his medical team this week and added: “It could be just rest, rest for Jimmy (Smith) and Lewis (Young) that have done a lot of full 90s.

“James Collins is very robust, but I need to talk to the rest of the players and see where they are at and make sure we get a performance like this at Mansfield.”

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