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HK: Tough schedule, but we should embrace and not fear it

21 December 2017

Club News

HK: Tough schedule, but we should embrace and not fear it

21 December 2017

Head Coach Harry Kewell says Reds' hectic Christmas schedule should be embraced and not feared.

A sequence of four games in nine days starts on Saturday with a tough-looking trip to third-placed Accrington Stanley.

Home games against Colchester United (Boxing Day) and Stevenage (December 30) follow, before 2018 kicks off with a New Year’s Day trip to Yeovil.

Harry said: “It’s going to be interesting for me, as a coach in this situation for the first time, to see how the players, many of whom are used to this, adapt and approach this busy spell.

“Physically and mentally it’s going to be tough but look at the rewards. If we get some momentum and have a good Christmas it could transform our season.

“That’s the way we have to look at it. Sure, it’s going to be a challenge. But I have absolutely no doubts that we have enough in our squad to get a good result in each of the four games.

“Physically I have no concerns either because I think we are a fit group. So let's embrace the challenge and do our best.

“The most important thing is to focus one game at a time. There’s no point thinking that if we get a good result on Saturday that we’re automatically going to get some good results in the two home games.

“We concentrate on Accrington then at 5pm on Saturday we focus on Colchester. That’s the only way to look at it.”

There will have to be two team changes on Saturday to the side beaten at Crewe with Jimmy Smith starting a three-match ban and Jordan Roberts sidelined for one game.

“We have options and the good thing is that guys on the fringes got 90 minutes (in the Sussex Senior Cup win) at Hastings on Monday. They have given me food for thought for Saturday.”

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