Richie Barker believes his young Crawley defence can cope after being robbed of three experienced centre-halves through injury.
Claude Davis was added to the casualty list after suffering recurrence of a thigh problem against Bournemouth on Tuesday night while Kyle McFadzean and Shaun Cooper are already sidelined.
Barker says he will not be panicked into bringing in a loan signing as cover so 20-year-olds Mark Connolly and Joe Walsh look set to start at Brentford on Saturday.
"I would prefer to keep it in-house," he said.
"I like young players to be given opportunities so we will see how it goes."