Head Coach wants performance to be proud of in the Checkatrade Trophy
Harry Kewell will be urging his players to produce a performance in memory of his predecessor when Reds wrap up their Checkatrade Trophy campaign tonight.
There is nothing at stake when we take on Fulham u-21s at the Checkatrade Stadium (7.45pm) with both teams eliminated at the group stage.
But HK says it’s an opportunity for players on the fringes of first-team selection to stake their claim and for those who were signed by Dermot Drummy to put in a performance which would have made their old manager proud.
Harry said: “I didn’t know Dermot personally, but speaking to people around the club including the players he signed who are still here I do get a sense of the high regard in which he was held.
“I do know about the work he did in youth football, particularly at Chelsea, was highly thought of and of course he was in charge before me and signed a lot of lads who are here now.
“So, we want to put in a performance that he would be proud of and we also want to keep the momentum we’ve got from our last two performances going. I’m sure Fulham will come here looking to attack so it should be a very entertaining game and I’m looking forward to it.”
In terms of the line-up, Harry confirmed there will be changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Coventry last Saturday.
“We’ve given guys a chance to get 90 minutes under their belt already in this competition and some did enough to force their way into our League 2 team, so that has to be the same incentive again.
“We’ve got a busy schedule coming up and while we have no game this weekend I also feel we need to give a few players who have had a lot of football recently the opportunity to recharge their batteries.
“But the side I put out I will be expecting to win and produce the sort of performance our fans demand.”