Team news ahead of Saturday's game against Mansfield Town
crawleytownfc.com, by Bruce Talbot
Harry Kewell says he will have some tough selection decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s home game against Mansfield Town.
Jimmy Smith, Josh Yorwerth and Thomas Verheydt (pictured above) have all recovered from injury and are available for the visit of the high-flying Stags.
HK said: “We gave the lads a few days off last weekend and they have all come back in this week fit and ready to go.
“Hopefully we can get through this busy period coming up with a clean bill of health. It would certainly help with the schedule that’s coming up to have everyone available and, more importantly, ready to do a job for the team.
“But with Jimmy, Josh and Thomas all back I’ve got some excellent options for Saturday. The mood in the camp is really good. The lads continue to work hard and they know that if they impress me in training and with their general attitude they will get an opportunity.
“Every manager will tell you that competition for places is absolutely the biggest thing to drive the squad forward and hopefully keep the good run we’re on going.”
Kewell: 'It will be difficult - Steve Evans has put together a fantastic team' Harry Kewell
by SAM MORTON, Friday 08 December 2017
Crawley Town manager Harry Kewell is relishing the challenge awaiting them against seventh placed Mansfield Town. Mansfield, managed by former Reds boss Steve Evans, travel to Crawley looking to strengthen their place in the play-off places and Kewell is looking forward to the ‘big test’.
He said: “It will be difficult. Steve Evans has put together a fantastic team. “It’s a strong team that can easily challenge for promotion, if not the title.
“It’s going to be a big test for us tomorrow, but every game is. We won’t shy away from it and we will play the way we want to play.
“We will have to adapt at certain moments during the game, as will they. It’s a normal game of football but it is going to be a test.”
Read more at: https://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/sport/football/kewell-it-will-be-difficult-steve-evans-has-put-together-a-fantastic-team-1-8282710
When in charge during the 2010/2011 season, Evans led Crawley to promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history and guided them to a dream 5th round FA Cup tie at Manchester United. However, Kewell insists that he doesn’t aim to emulate any other manager and wants to create his own history. He added: “Records are there to be broken. I don’t look to emulate anyone. “I look to set my own targets and my own records. “He’s a well-known manager in this league and is fantastic at what he can do and it is going to be a test. “However it’s his team against my team tomorrow. I only worry about my club and what I’m doing.” Despite being disappointed with the recent FA Cup exit at Wigan, Kewell believes their week break has given the players much-needed rest, with no injury concerns ahead of the game and a busy schedule. “We would rather have been in the FA Cup” he said. “It’s a fantastic cup and we’re devastated not to have progressed but we did play a very tough team. “However, it was an opportunity to give the players some rest, coming into a difficult Christmas period. “I’ve experienced it many times as a player, but this is the first time as a coach so it’s a new experience for me but I know what the players will go through. “It’s exciting times and I’ve given them some rest so hopefully they will come back fresh and ready.”
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