Crawley will be without leading scorer Ollie Palmer as he serves a one-match suspension this weekend against Crewe at the Broadfield Stadium.
The former Lincoln and Mansfield striker has been in superb form for the Red Devils this season after sealing a summer move.
He has hit 11 goals 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 this week, before they lost 6-2 in extra time.
Crawley Head Coach Gabrielle Cioffi believes the striker could play much higher up the divisions, if he was consistent.
“When Ollie Palmer plays with this intensity he is a Championship player,” he told local media. “No doubts on that. He has to be consistent because if I look at the Ollie Palmer tonight and the Ollie Palmer at Grimsby, it looked like the wonder brother and the other cousin of Ollie Palmer.”
Meanwhile, Crewe boss David Artell reminded his side that Crawley would still be a huge danger to his players, with or without their talisman striker.
“They are without their leading goal scorer because he is suspended,” he told the club’s official site. ” 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.”
Palmer did well at Lincoln last season and his summer sale raised a few eyebrows. He can split opinion, he’s often a clumsy and ungainly striker who seemingly bumbles his way through games.
However, 11 goals in all competitions tells its own story and perhaps he’s finally found a team that will accentuate his ability, rather than stifle it. Crewe will fancy their chances though, that is for sure.