MOT View: Crawley manager has just said exactly what Leeds fans want to hear
Crawley Town manager John Yems has assured supporters that his side will not be looking to sit back against Leeds United.
As published by the Press Association, via BT Sport, Yems delivered some pre-match tactical hints that suggest the League Two side will look to try and take the game to Leeds: “We’re not going to play Leeds every week – you don’t play Premier League sides every week – so what is there to lose? You can only gain from it.
“We want to be in the game as long as we can be and we won’t be sitting back, I can assure you of that.”
Coming up against Premier League opposition, Crawley might be tempted to sit deep in an attempt to try and steal a result, but Yems’ comments suggest that will not be the case.
The two sides meet on Sunday lunchtime, with the Whites hoping to secure a place in the next round.
Yems’ approach will suit Leeds
This will be great news for Leeds United, who will relish seeing a team try to go toe-to-toe with them in the FA Cup.
Bielsa and Leeds United supporters may have been expecting a defensive performance from Crawley, but that does not look like it will be the case.
Leeds will feel more than confident that they will have enough over the course of the game to get past Crawley, especially if they are not planning to sit deep.
And Leeds love it when sides try to match them in attack.
As per WhoScored, 75 per cent of Leeds’ goals this season have come from open play or counter-attacks, so the Whites do not want to have to rely on set-pieces or a dead-ball situation to have to get past the League Two outfit.
Given the vast difference in quality between the two sides, Leeds’ demanding style of play should be too much for Crawley over the course of 90 minutes, despite their good form this season.
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