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"Those who came in gave me food for thought and I'm proud"

Harry Kewell proud despite Portsmouth Checkatrade Trophy defeat

3 October 2017

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Harry Kewell was pleased with the way the players he brought into the side performed in Tuesday evening's Checkatrade Trophy game against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Despite being on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline and exiting the competition, the Head Coach made eight changes and was happy with what we saw from the faces given an opportunity down on the South coast.

"I can't lie I was very impressed with how the boys who came in did this evening," he told iFollow Crawley.

"In the second half I thought they smelt blood and got the goal and we looked dangerous.

"I encourage players to play out from the back but sometimes you have to read a situation and mistakes have cost us - but they're little things."

Among those given a chance in the side against Kenny Jackett's men, the Australian reserved praise for a few faces in particular when he reflected on the game. 

"I thought players like Kaby (Djalo) were outstanding," he continued.

"Moussa Sanoh worked really hard and got his goal so I'm pleased for him, and I thought Billy Clifford was fantastic too.

"I'm someone who gives you a chance and when you get that you have to take it and put food for thought in my mind and they've done just that."

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