How Crawley Town players reacted to win at Wembley - 'It's what you dream about'

Crawley Town players are one of the most spoken about teams in the country at the moment – and they showed why once again with a outstanding performance at Wembley to seal promotion to League One.

Crawley’s historic visit to the home of football ended in jubilation as they comfortably beat Crewe in the League Two play-off final.

The Reds reached League One for the first time since 2015 thanks to goals from Danilo Orsi and Liam Kelly.

Here’s what the players said, in their post-match interviews with Sky Sports.

Club top scorer Danilo Orsi, who opened the scoring with a sublime goal, said:"I don't think there's any words to describe it.

"We were underdogs at the start of the season and to finally come away to say we've won the play-offs is an amazing feeling.

"I've had a good season this year and it's thanks to the coaches and the rest of the players. We play football like that everyday, all day.

"The manager and the players have given me so much confidence and to top it off with a play-off win, I couldn't imagine.”

Corey Addai made a starring role in Crawley’s promotion, with two clean sheets in the play-offs and he saved a penalty at MK Dons.

The goalkeeper was involved in a huge second half moment when he was judged to have brought down Christopher Long in the box – but VAR overturned the penalty call as he won the ball first.

The former Arsenal youth star said: “I was 100 per cent sure [the penalty would be overturned]. I knew I didn’t touch him.

"I stood my ground, one v one and made him make a decision. I managed to get their first. First time we had VAR this season so it was a good thing [it was there].”

On promotion, he added: “I can’t put it into words. We’ve been brilliant all season. The way we play and do everything is brilliant at the club. We thoroughly deserve it. Hopefully we can enjoy the summer now.”

Jay Williams played in National League North last season. The defender left Banbury United to join Brackley Town but, without playing a game, Scott Lindsey brought the defender to Crawley.

"He did me a favour, didn’t he?” Williams told TV cameras in the dressing room, with wild, champagne celebrations acting as the back-drop.

"It was something quite unexpected. You wouldn’t think that would happen but you never know. Luckily I’ve come here and we’ve been promoted. I’m happy for everyone, you can see how much it means to everybody.

“It’s incredible. We were wrote off at the start of the season. We showed everyone [they were wrong]. It’s an unbelievable feeling for everyone involved.

"It’s come from hard work and believing in what the manager has told us to do. We bought into it and it’s paid off.

"I’m excited [for League One]. We’ll have a break and then it’s back to work.”

Liam Kelly picked up his third successive man of the match award, having lost his two previous play-off finals and was part of the Rochdale team relegated to the National League last season.

The midfielder said: "It's what you dream about as a kid, seeing all the Premier League players. It doesn't feel real yet. It will take a while to sink in.

"It's every kid’s dream to win at Wembley and then to score as well. It's a day I'll never forget and I can say it's the best day of my life so far.

"Scott Lindsey is the reason we are going up. He brought in a lot of new faces in the summer and from day one in preseason, he's been the catalyst to why we've done so well.

"The work he's put in and the coaching staff. Fair play to the players for buying into it. Big thanks to the gaffer.”

Kelly, 28, also spoke to Sussex World and the BBC in the mixed zone after the match.

He said: “lt’s a bit surreal. It’s every kid's dream to win at Wembley and score at Wembley. The key message from the gaffer was to be ourselves. We are a match for anyone on our day. It would have been unfair on the gaffer if we didn't turn up.

“It was a surreal feeling [to score] in front of our fans as well. They have been unbelievable all year – home and away. We had a real connection with them. One of the best moments I've had in football so far.

“Credit goes to the gaffer. He has got the best out of me. I was relegated last year with Rochdale for many different reasons.

"From day one, he's been the catalyst in making sure we believe we are good enough. We were the favourites to go down but he believed it wouldn't happen.

“This doesn't happen often if your career so we've got to enjoy it and take it all in.

"It’s exciting to be in League One. Will be one of the strongest I've seen next season. The gaffer will have a plan and we will be raring to go.”

Dion Conroy has been a crucial cog in the Reds defence this season but it was his defence splitting pass that led to the second goal on Sunday.

The former Chelsea man said: "We were favourites to get relegated this season so to do what we've done is simply outstanding.

"The boys have worked so hard from the start of pre-season to today. Everyone deserves it, the fans deserve it.

"We knew all season how good we were. We knew if we turn up on the day, we can do that to anyone so we had no doubt.

"To perform how we did today is the cherry on top."

Speaking to Sussex World, the 28-year-old – from Redhill – added: “I can't really describe it – it’s an incredible feeling. The boys, gaffer and fans deserve it. All that hard work has paid off and we are just going to enjoy it now.

“I think from the start, we controlled the game. I think we were the better side throughout. We dominated. We wasn't panicking or stressing. We knew the game plan and what we had to do. It paid off.

“You can feel a bit edgy when shots are not going in but that first goal made it a lot easier. We had something to defend and played really good football.

“Thankfully we had VAR today [to stop the penalty being given].

“People forget about the work Scott did last season. What an incredible season it's been. To be favourites to be relegated but prove everyone wrong is amazing."

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