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Five key points from Harry Kewell's pre-Grimsby Town press conference

The main talking points from the Head Coach's meeting with the press on Thursday

12 October 2017

Harry Kewell met the media ahead of Saturday's game at Blundell Park - find the five main talking points below...

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Morecambe reflection...

"I was really happy with how we played in the first half - we created chances early and got our goal," Kewell said.

"We then had the red card decision which went in our favour but then I felt we took our foot off the pedal slightly. We allowed Morecambe to still be in the game which was dangerous to do - they're a good side and continued to create opportunities.

"I felt they probably had better possession and chances - towards the end we created some to kill the game off - we didn't do that but I'm very happy with the away win."

Taking their chances...

"Players who had been waiting for a chance in the team came into the side both last Tuesday at Portsmouth and on Saturday against Morecambe and I thought they all did fantastically," said the Head Coach.

"Billy Clifford and Moussa Sanoh started the game and I thought they both did excellently. Obviously Billy got the goal, and Moussa looked dangerous and it's good for him to now be getting a chance to show what he can do.

"Joe (McNerney) has been a workhorse for me - he's kept working hard and got his chance because of injuries and suspensions and he's taken it - now he has to keep performing to stay there and that's what I want across my team."

An injury update...

"Lewis's (Young) injury will be a couple of weeks - the staff are looking after him and he's started running again after the weekend. Obivously it is something that needs to be managed properly, but he is heading in the right direction.

"Thomas Verheydt is getting close to coming back now too - he's chomping at the bit to get back involved and we're all excited for him to do that. We're just waiting for the green light on him and then he'll be available for us.

"Dean Cox has injured his hamstring and we're waiting to hear back on the diagnosis for that one before we can set a timescale for how long he's out for."

Fan representation on the board...

"This is a close knit club and one which values it's fans - so I think it's a good idea for them to be heard and be able to involved in board meetings," Kewell insisted.

"In this day and age everyone has an opinion - so why not have a fans opinion? This is their club and who they were brought up on. It has to be controlled but for me it's fine and I have no problem with it.

"If the club wants it then it's great because we like to be together in every situation."

Grimsby await...

"It's another tough game and another long journey but one which we're confident going into after last weekend.

"We believe in our ability and I've kept the players working hard this week because we know we have to be consistent in our results.

"Russell (Slade) will have done his homework, as will we, so I'm expecting another close game." 

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