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"I was given a chance and I know I have to work hard to keep my place now"

Billy Clifford on being back in the fold and Saturday's game away to Grimsby Town

13 October 2017

Billy Clifford is grateful to have been given a chance in the side but knows he must work hard to keep it in a competitive squad ahead of Saturday's game away to Grimsby Town. 

The midfielder made his first league start of the season in last weekend's 1-0 victory over Morecambe, and after scoring the winning goal at the Globe Arena the former Chelsea man knows he now has to keep up a good level of performance to remain in the team.

"It's been a frustrtaing start to the season for me but I knew that if I kept working hard then I would get my chance," he told the media on Thursday afternoon.

"Getting the goal was nice and the win last weekend was massive - and now I know I have to keep working hard to stay in the team.

"I'm looking to add more goals to my game so that's something for me to build on, and the team need to build on the victory now."

The Reds travel to Blundell Park having picked up 10 points from a possible last 15 away from home in the league - Billy was keen to hihglight the good form as well as praise the travelling supporters, identifying them as being a key influence on the games.

"Grimsby is another tough away game with another long journey, but our away form has been good," he continued.

"They're a big physical side and have good home support - but our away fans have been fantastic in recent weeks too.

"We want to reward them for making another long trip, we have to be focused and be ready for a battle but we'll do that and hoepfully pick up another good result." 

iFollow Crawley subscribers can watch Billy's full meeting with the local media ahead of the weekend's game with Grimsby Town above and fans can sign up to the service for free by clicking here.  

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