Leeds United 'need to be wary' of Crawley Town says striker Ashley Nadesan

Ashley Nadesan has warned FA Cup opponents Leeds United ‘need to be wary’ of Crawley Town.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 9:43 am
Updated Thursday, 7th January 2021, 9:44 am

The Reds host the Premier League outfit on Sunday in front of the BBC cameras.

And although Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be clear favourites to progress to to the fourth round, Nadesan believes the Reds should not be underestimated.

Ashley Nadesan

John Yems’ side are now nine games unbeaten stretching back to them beating AFC Wimbledon in the second round and are one of the form teams in England - with Bolton the latest team to suffer at their hands last Saturday.

And Nadesan believes his side can cause an upset. He said: “Seeing them in the Prem, they obviously have a lot of energy and they are competing against the best teams in England and we need to be wary of that.

“But they also need to be wary of us and hopefully we can cause an upset.”

The striker, who has scored in both rounds of the cup so far, including the winner in the extraordinary 6-5 win against Torquay, says he and his teammates need to cherish playing in such a big game. “We got a great result on Saturday and we need to build on that. We need to take our attention away from the league and focus on the FA Cup again with a match against a big Premier League team.

“You are looking for promotion after promotion but these games come around once, maybe twice, in a lifetime and we just need to cherish it and hopefully get a good result.”

Leeds United have been an entertaining team to watch since their return to the Premier League and have been involved in some high-scoring matches having beaten Newcastle 5-2 and West Brom 5-0 but losing 6-2 to Manchester United in recent weeks.

Crawley kept their first clean sheet in 11 games on Saturday.

Nadesan said: “Everybody is putting in a shift. We are just implementing on the pitch what the gaffer does on the training ground with us and it seems to be working.

“It’s nine unbeaten now with three away wins in a row and we just have to carry that forward on Sunday against Leeds.