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"We're upbeat and positive and the fans can play a huge role on Saturday"

Josh Lelan on league games so far and Cambridge United on Saturday

16 August 2017

Josh Lelan insists that there have been positives to take from the side’s first two Sky Bet EFL Two games, despite the Reds still being without a league win ahead of the weekend’s game against Cambridge United.

The defender emphasised that fortunes would soon turn if Harry Kewell’s men stuck to what they’ve done positively so far.

“It’s been frustrating but it’s been encouraging at the same time,” he told the club’s official club website.

“We’ve done fairly well in some areas but I do think we need to tighten up defensively.

“The way that the manager wants us to play is clear and we’ve been working hard both with and without the ball and I really do believe results will begin to change quickly.

“We need to eradicate the mistakes and be clinical at the other end and keep working towards winning matches - we’re only two games into a 46 game league campaign – and the signs are there that we can play. We can affect the right areas, we’ve shown that, it’s just fine tuning that."

The Kenyan international also insisted that the mood in the camp is a good one despite the frustrating start to the 2017-18 campaign.

“The dressing room is upbeat and positive – as it always is,” he continued.

“We’ve got a strong group of characters who stick together through tough times and socially everyone gets together too.

“We’re talking amongst ourselves and the consensus is even though the results haven’t been there, we’re very encouraged by the performances.

“I’m really looking forward to Saturday’s game against Cambridge United – they’ve not had the best of starts either so they’ll be equally as keen to pick up a win.

“But I think with the crowd behind us and looking at the way we’ve applied ourselves in training this week, there’s no reason why we can’t win the game.

The former Derby County and Northampton Town man was adamant that the home supporters could play a big role in helping the side get their first three points of the season at the weekend when the Reds host Shaun Derry’s men.

“My message to the fans would be that they’re a massive factor – it’s a bit of a cliché saying about the twelfth man but it is true.

“They can help us so much – I’d say as a home crowd, if they could get behind us and push us on in the opening stages of the game at the weekend then I can’t see any reason why we can’t win the match.”

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