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Head Coach looks ahead to Saturday's game at the Checkatrade Stadium

10 November 2017

Harry Kewell insists that the Reds must be prepared for another difficult game when they host Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

League action returns this weekend with Mark Cooper's men visiting West Sussex and the Head Coach emphasised that his side must be wary of their opponents who've come into good form in recent weeks.

"It's a game we're really looking forward to because it feels like we've been without a league game for ages - even though it's only been two weeks," he told iFollow Crawley.

"They're a side who're in good form at the moment and are in close proximity to us so it'll be a diffcult game because they'll be confident.

"The play a good passing style which I love to see and hopefully they bring that at the weekend because we're up for the challenge."

The Reds were last victorious on 7th October in the league when they defeated Morecambe 1-0 at the Globe Arena and the Australian wants his side to stand up and be counted as the standing at the lower end of the division have tightened up over recent weeks.

"Pressure comes with the job and every player must understand that," he emphasised.

"There's two ways of dealing with it - you can let it weighy you down or you can embarce it and go out there and destroy teams so we need to try and embrace it.

"We feel like we've performed well at home without the results not going our way so we need to correct that and keep working hard."

The side have now played 16 games in their 2017-18 campaign, and when asked how he would assess the performances and results across that period of time, he was philosophical about the points return and the progress of the team. 

"There's been ups and downs," he continued.

"There's been moments where I've questionned myself and moments where we've been unlcuky but overall I am pleased.

"We're a hard working group who're all in this together - we'll always have setback but it's how we deal with those and the reaction I'm seeing after disappointing results is making me happy.

One face who could come back into the fold in the league is forward Thomas Verheydt - the Dutch striker has been out of action since the end of August since picking up an injury against Charlton Athletic at the end of August.

But the striker has appeared against both Bognor Regis Town and Wigan Athletic in cup competitions over the last two matches and Harry revealed he could be in line to feature in the league for the first time since Saturday 19th August.

"Thomas has done excellently with his rehab and he's got an excellent chance of playing," he said.

"It's great to have him back in the sqaud - I'm a firm believer in attitude and if he does that he's got every chance of making the game."

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