David Artell says that Crawley Town will certainly miss their leading goalscorer Ollie Palmer this weekend - but that doesn’t mean his Crewe Alexandra will be underestimating the Red Devils in any shape or form.
The prolific Palmer has hit 11 goals this season in all competitions but will serve a one match suspension after collecting five yellow cards. He scored both of Crawley’s goals against Southend in the FA Cup before they ran out of steam in extra-time to eventually lose 6-2.
Artell attended that recent FA Cup tie and he has been impressed by Gabriele Cioffi’s side inside the 90 minutes. The Italian boss has certainly produced a more attractive way of playing stemming from Harry Kewell’s philosophy as manager before he left for Notts County.
David told the club’s official website: “Crawley play some good football and I went down to watch them play Southend (on Tuesday night)
“I don’t know their manager too well but he wants them to play football when they can. They are at home and will be expecting to win.
“They are without their leading goalscorer because he is suspended. Any team would miss their leading striker but it will give someone else an opportunity and they are certainly not all about Ollie Palmer anyway.
“If we can play like we did against Tranmere then we have to believe we can be a match for anyone in this league and that is how we are looking at it this weekend.”