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"It'll be a tough challenge but one my players will relish"

Harry Kewell looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Swindon Town

25 August 2017

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Harry Kewell knows this weekend's game at the County Ground won't be easy, but he insists that it's one his players are relishing.

The Reds have endured a frustrating start to the 2017-18 campaign, and face the table topping side on Saturday, but the Australian emphasised that no game in the division is easy.

"They're one of the favourites to go straight back up out of the division so we know it's going to be tough," he told iFollow Crawley.

"We've worked well this week though and we're looking forward to the challenge.

"There's no easy game in this league - do you want to wait until you play the harder teams or do you want to play them early? You have to play them all at some point so we'll just get on with the schedule we've got."

"My players look forward to every game, regardless of the opposition," he continued.

"We're always working on certain areas to improve, and hoepfully we'll see the results of that this weekend."

The Head Coach also provided an injury update ahead of the trip to Wiltshire - defender Mark Connolly left the field last Saturday against Cambridge United through injury, and he revealed that midfielder Jimmy Smith is also on road back to the first team squad.

"Mark is someone who we're working with 24/7 at the moment.

"Jimmy is obviously coming back from a very big injury, and so it's tough.

"He's looking well in training but you have to be sensible in these situations - sometimes your heart might be telling you one thing but your head is saying another about when you can return."

On Tuesday evening Harry, Warren Feeney and Selim Gaygusuz met supporters at the Fans Forum, and the Head Coach insisted it was a useful event.

"It was an interesting evening," he reflected.

"You can't please everyone - there were some good things, and some not so good too.

"But we're all working hard to get this club back to where we believe it should be."

iFollow Crawley subscribers can watch Harry's full meeting with the press on Friday above - and fans can sign up to the service for free by clicking here.

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