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Yates looks ahead to Luton

16 October 2015

Crawley Town manager looking for back to back home wins on Saturday

Manager Mark Yates has spoken of his relief at getting his first home win last Saturday, against Orient, but insists the players have to improve on that performance when they take on in-form Luton Town on Saturday.

Goalkeeping situation

h.There was always that worry we'd lose Freddie if something happened to Tim Krul. But I’d like to thank everyone at Newcastle for letting Freddie come down, especially  Freddie himself. It was good for him and good for us and he did a great job. He's a good kid, a good young goalkeeper and everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future. We have to move on now thoug

Callum (Preston)  did exceptionally well against a strong attacking Orient side and made a number of great saves in the game. Obviously he'll be playing on Saturday if the current situation remains, but we might bring someone in before then.We w
ant a vocal goalkeeper, someone to come in when things aren’t going quite so well and to give defenders a prod in the right direction. Some good, experienced goalkeepers have been offered to us and we are assessing our options.


First home win

It was vital to get the first home win, we needed to put that right sooner rather than later, but I was convinced we were going to win last Saturday. We kept believing, even at 1-0 down, and something finally went our way. I said to the players we’ve got to kick on and build on Saturday's great work because the fans deserve something to shout about. There’s a belief, and a justified one, in the squad that we can go on to win Saturday's game against Luton.


John Still's Luton Town

John’s a top man, a great manager and he knows how to get teams out of this division. They're a big club and I’ve no doubt they’ll be in around the business end of table come the end of the season. 

We’re worrying about ourselves though, we know about them and we'll know more by kick off. There’s things we will have to deal with, but we’re confident. We know they won’t stop fighting, but it's down to us to match that through the 90 minutes. 

They’ll be well supported, which is no surprise for a club of that size. We're full of optimism and desperate to get a run of results together. In training this week the focus has been on doing everything better than last weekend.


Injury update

Gavin (Tomlin)'s groin  flared up after striking a ball in a training game on Tuesday, so he's a doubt. Joe (McNerney) came off against Leyton Orient and was in discomfort, so he's seeing a specialist about his knee injury. Lanre Oyebanjo trained with the squad this week but it’s going to be a slow process and it’ll be a month before he plays realistically.

But the thing to remember is 
we have a big group now and they get on well with each other. There's plenty of competition for places now too which can only help us.


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