Danny Wilson is confident Kevin McDonald will be fit for the hectic Christmas schedule.
In McDonald's absence against leaders Tranmere on Saturday, Wilson opted to move Ryan Flynn into the centre of midfield alongside Michael Doyle, with Marcus Williams starting on the left.
The Gaffer was also pleased to see Dave Kitson return to action after over a month out with a hamstring problem:
"I am hoping Kevin (McDonald) will be available for Crawley, I was amazed how close he got to being fit at the weekend.
"We wanted Ryan to try and create from the centre of the park; with all due respect to David McAllister, he is a different type of player, more of a box-to-box midfielder.
"It was great to see Kits back because he will offer us so much in the coming months, but he needs time on the pitch now. He gave everyone a lift, especially the fans, because he is already something of a hero with the Kop."
Looking back at the weekend for a final thought before switching his attentions to the remaining three fixtures of 2012, Wilson concluded:
"We struggled to pierce their defence but when we did we didn't take full advantage and they are the key moments that can change the complexion of a game.
"Tranmere played in a compact way and it was nip and tuck for most of the game.
"Our aim now over Christmas is to string a run of wins together and see where that takes us in January, but they will all be tough challenges."