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"We'll go there to express ourselves and give the fans a good performance"

Harry Kewell looks ahead to Carabao Cup tie away to Birmingham City on Tuesday (7.45pm)

7 August 2017

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Harry Kewell  wants his players to embrace the challenge of facing Birmingham City when they travel to St Andrew's on Tuesday evening.

The former Liverpool and Leeds United midfielder has played there on numerous occasions, and knows what to expect from both the home crowd and the opposition.

"I've played there a couple of times - it's a tough place to go and Birmingham City teams are renowned for being physical," he told iFollow Crawley.

"You know you'll be into a battle straight away - we have to be up for that and we have to have the right mentality.

"We want to go up there and express ourselves and show the fans who'll be travelling that we can put on a good performance."

The game in the Midlands provides a quick opportunity to erase the memories of Saturday's defeat to Port Vale, and the Australian pointed to the expectantancy on the home side as being a key factor in allowing the Reds to approach the game without pressure.

"It's a cup game that we're looking forward to - but we know it'll be tough.

"They'll be looking to make ammends for their result at the weekend - as will we - so it's important for both the team and the club.

"We know we're the underdogs but that means we can play without pressure."

The Head Coach also hinted he could make changes to the line-up for the game against Harry Redknapp's men - insisting that the squad had impressed him during the close season.

"But it's a wonderful opportunity for players to get minutes and put some thoughts in my mind," he continued.

"I will make some changes, but that's because I believe everyone's done well in pre-season and everyone deserves a chance to get out there and put on the shirt."

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