Crawley manager hopes Leeds are on the incorrect end of another FA Cup upset
John Yems’ League Two group deal with Premier League opposition on Sunday afternoon.
Crawley manager John Yems insists he would not be shocked to see Premier League side Leeds added to his club’s prolonged list of cup scalps.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men travel to Broadfield Stadium on Sunday afternoon attempting to prevent an FA Cup third-round upset.
The Sky Bet League Two hosts have actually sprung a series of shocks against groups from higher divisions throughout the past decade, while 1972 cup winners Leeds have actually suffered recent embarrassment against lower-league opposition.
Yems has the in-form Red Devils in promotion contention on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run and has actually urged his players to play without pressure as they look for to secure a headline-grabbing result.
” Me personally, having remained in the game as long as I have, absolutely nothing ever surprises you,” stated the 61-year-old when inquired about the possibility of a giant-killing.
” You shouldn’t be expecting anything to amaze you. It all depends on who fancies it on the day, whether the wind is blowing in the best instructions.
” There are all sorts of things that can take place and you simply hope it falls in your favour, rather than the opposition’s.
” We’re not going to play Leeds every week – you do not play Premier League sides weekly – so what is there to lose? You can just acquire from it.
” We want to be in the video game as long as we can be and we will not be relaxing, I can guarantee you of that.”
Crawley, who sit 6th in the 4th tier, have actually knocked out the likes of Derby, Bristol City, Bolton, Ipswich, Norwich and Stoke in current cup competitors.
Leeds, meanwhile, crashed out the FA Cup at non-league Histon in 2008 and have considering that come down with Newport, Sutton and Rochdale.
While Yems desires his group to have a courageous technique, he is likewise careful of the threats positioned by the extensive style of the remarkable visitors from West Yorkshire.
” You’re playing a Premier League side that’s steeped in tradition, steeped in excellent players and to be on the very same pitch as them is something you can gain from, without a shadow of a doubt,” he stated.
” If they attack like they do often, we’ll be concealing behind the sofa!
” They have actually been playing versus Premier League sides and they’ve been playing versus excellent gamers and they have actually been playing versus various systems.
” They haven’t done it versus sides at our level and we haven’t experienced it, so it’s in the lap of the Gods.”
While coronavirus limitations will avoid fans from going to, the tie will be transmitted to a nationwide tv audience.
Crawley’s 15-goal top scorer Max Watters, who is a doubt for the video game due to a hamstring issue, is currently drawing in attention from bigger clubs and Yems is unconcerned about his players putting themselves in the store window.
” If we lose them it means they have and we have done a great job on them,” said Yems.
” If they can make a living, make a great profession out of it then fantastic – we’ve got to go and find others who can replace them.
” That’s a compliment to the lads; they are worthy of to be touted if they are playing well.
” If they get the opportunities to go up, it’s excellent to see that there is some British talent moving up the ladder.”