Crawley Town boss Harry Kewell gives his reaction to victory against Accrington Stanley

Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell

Crawley Town head coach Harry Kewell was understandably delighted with his side’s 2-1 win against Accrington Stanley.

Reds took a 2-0 lead in the first half through goals by Enzio Boldewijn and Mark Randall.

Crawley Town v Accrington Stanley. 2nd Goal, Randall, Pic Steve Robards SR1803152 SUS-180127-161404001

Crawley Town v Accrington Stanley. 2nd Goal, Randall, Pic Steve Robards SR1803152 SUS-180127-161404001

But then nearly 15 minutes after the start of the second half they conceded a freak goal when Josh Payne tried to clear but instead the ball bounced off Jimmy Smith and flew back into his own net for an own goal.

Kewell was pleased his side dug-in and saw out the game under pressure from the visitors.

After defending well, Crawley attacked on the break and nearly made it 3-1 when Lewis Young broke clear with just ‘keeper Aaron Chapman to beat, who produced a vital save to deny him a goal.

Kewell added: “It was important we reacted in the same way that we did when we played against Notts County, and I felt we did that.

Crawley Town FC v Accrington Stanley. Pic Steve Robards SR1803078 SUS-180127-160438001

Crawley Town FC v Accrington Stanley. Pic Steve Robards SR1803078 SUS-180127-160438001

“Accrington are a very good team; John (Coleman, manager) has them playing in the right way; we always knew it was going to be a football game.

“The last couple of games we’ve seen things that you don’t usually see in football and it’s how you react to it.”

Kewell praised Boldewijn for his match-winning display.

He said: “I thought he was exceptional the whole game. He scored a sensational goal and to assist for the second it was a superb day.

Crawley Town v Accrington Stanley. Jimmy Smith. Pic Steve Robards SR1803184 SUS-180127-161341001

Crawley Town v Accrington Stanley. Jimmy Smith. Pic Steve Robards SR1803184 SUS-180127-161341001

“Strange things happen in games at certain moments and I thought we reacted in the right way.”

Kewell also heralded striker Thomas Verheydt for his contribution to the victory.

He said: “I thought it was an excellent performance in a very tough, physical game, especially in the second half he was having to play closely by himself.

“He still dominated and was creating chances; he just needs that goal like any striker. If he keeps doing his job like it will be fantastic.”