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Defender on the Reds being back in league action

10 November 2017

Joe McNerney insists that the Reds must make a fast start against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon because they're the home side.

The defender believes that the team haven't hit the heights they should have at the Checkatrade Stadium so far during the current campaign and highlighted how being on the front foot in matches would change that. 

"It just hasn't quite clicked at home for us so far this season and I don't think we've been on the front foot enough," he told iFollow Crawley.

"We need to take games to teams and then I believe things will start to turn for us.

"That must start on Saturday against Forest Green Rovers because it's a massive game for us."

The side have adopted a visible style so far under Head Coach Harry Kewell, with keeping the ball and waiting for openings being key characterisitics.

But Joe emphasised that teams will become wise to that and look to frustrate the Reds - and that it was then up to the side to find an alternative way of playing when necessary. 

"We've now got a reputation for wanting to play good football and I think teams are now trying to set up primarily to stop that," he continued.

"If that's not working for us and we're not creating enough chances then we have to find another way to get up the field.

"If our opponents on Saturday do that then it's up to us to counter it and make sure we take the game to them.

Mark Cooper's men come into the contest on the back of some impressive results, including away wins over Coventry City and Stevenage over recent weeks. 

"They've hit form lately," he admitted.

"But that shows how unpredictable this division is - they're below us in the league though and we have to capitalise on that.

"We have to be on top of our game every week - both home and away."

iFollow Crawley subscribers can watch Joe's full interview above and fans can sign up to the service for free by clicking here.

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