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"The last few results have been good and I'm glad to be a part of that"

Dean Cox previews Saturday's game with Colchester United

8 September 2017

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Dean Cox emphasised that he was glad to be involved in a winning side ahead of Saturday's away game to Colchester United.

The midfielder made his first league start a fortnight ago in the victory away to Swindon Town, before also playing a key role in last weekend's 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town.

"The last two results have been very good and I've been glad to be a part of that," he told iFollow Crawley.

"Not being involved did give me that extra bit of motivation - as it would for any footballer who's not being picked for the side.

"You can go one of two ways - you can argue with everyone or you can knuckle down and wait for your chance and that's what I did and I would like to think I've taken it."

The aforementioned win in the West Country the last time the side were on the road also saw the first league start of the season for captain Jimmy Smith - and Cox pointed to the midfielder's return as being pivotal to the side's upturn in fortunes.

"I think having the skipper come back in was massive for us," he continued.

"We missed his presence, not just in the dressing room but around the place as well.

"Ask anyone around the club and they'll tell you the influence he has - so that and the change of formation are what's been key to us turning the corner in recent weeks."

The former Leyton Orient man was speaking to the local press on Friday morning, and revealed how happy and settled he is at the club close to his home and family.

"I'm really enjoying my time here and really like the club.

"I live around here and it's somewhere that I'm passioniate about. 

"All the time I'm here hopefully we can progress - I think we should be aiming for the top half and the play-offs, and then push on next year and give it a real go.

"But why put a lid on it? Let's just see how well we can do this year with this group of players and management."

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

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