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HK: We're in good form but we can still improve

18 January 2018

Head Coach looks ahead to Friday's game against Newport County

Harry Kewell is delighted with Reds current form – but he has challenged his players to produce even better performances.

The Head Coach says the squad are in good heart ahead of tonight’s (Friday) trip to Rodney Parade to take on high-flying Newport County.

Reds go into the game on the back of three successive League wins – the first time that has happened for nearly three years.

Now the challenge according to HK is to build that unbeaten run and improve on the recent performances.

He said: “We’re playing well at the moment. The players have been working hard and have brought into what we have asked of them in the last few weeks.

“But no one can say there isn’t room for improvement. Look, you are never going to produce a perfect performance and at our level the difference is often very small margins – fitness, game management and making sure your concentration levels don’t drop.

“We are going to need all those things to be right on Friday because Newport away is as tough as it gets in this division at the moment.

“They are flying. They have a fantastic cup tie with Spurs to look forward to next week and their players will be desperate to impress the manager so they can play in that one.”

Newport won 2-1 at Crawley earlier in the season and they currently lie eighth in the form table, two places behind Reds, after two wins and three draws in their last six games. They have beaten Exeter and Grimsby in their last two League games, as well as knocking Championship side Leeds United out of the FA Cup. They recently held high-flying Lincoln to a goalless draw.

Rodney Parade is likely to be rammed tomorrow with home fans attending getting priority for FA Cup tickets.

“It will be noisy down there and a good atmosphere,” added HK. “But we will enjoy that. We’re underdogs I suppose but in recent weeks we’ve gone to some tough games and got a result and I really believe we can do the same.”

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