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"It wasn't good enough tonight and we've got work to do"

Harry Kewell provides honest assessment after Newport County defeat

27 September 2017

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Harry Kewell couldn't hide his disappointment following Tuesday evening's 2-1 defeat at home to Newport County at the Checkatrade Stadium.

The Reds surrendered a first half lead that they'd gained through Mark Connolly's stylish header to two set-pieces either side of half time, and the Head Coach was honest in his reflections on the evening.

"I'm baffled I won't lie - I don't get baffled a lot in football but I'm struggling to understand what happened this evening," he told iFollow Crawley.

"We had a great performance at the weekend, and then made a great start this evening - but then we disappeared and I don't understand it.

"Now I've got to go away and think about what the next move is for the team."

The result disappointed the Australian even more after seeing his side beat Barnet in style late on at the weekend at the Hive - and he insisted that they have to seize the opportunity being afforded to them every time they go out on the field.

"We have times when we're fantastic and then there's times when I see a different team," he continued.

"The boys have to snap out of that mentality because teams will look at this tonight and try to figure us out.

"It'll be a long season if that continues so the players have to stand up and take responsibilty.

"They've got a great opportunity here to play in the Football League for a great club and they need to respect that and make the most of it - because careers are short and don't last forever."

Next up is the visit of Carlisle United to West Sussex on Saturday afternoon, and the Head Coach emphasised that the team have to reporduce the form and style they've shown glimpses of in previous matches more consistently in order to be successful.

"We need a reaction and I need to see what I saw against Barnet.

"We started the game really well and I need to see the boys wanting to play because it didn't look like we did tonight.

"They all tell me they want to play and I know they can, they've got the ability, it's about breaking down barriers like these and having the courage to do that."

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

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