Lewis Young is hoping Crawley Town’s new interim boss Dean Saunders can help keep the side in League One.
The 25-year-old winger is well aware of their current plight and that they face a tough relegation battle to beat the drop.
Young, who did a fine job playing in the unusual role of right-back in Crawley’s 0-0 draw with Colchester United on Sunday, says it is the player’s responsibility to push up the table in the new year.
He said: “Us as players we understand, we talk about if everyday when we come in. It’s not through a lack of not wanting to pick up points, I just know at times we haven’t been good enough.
“It’s now down to us to really kick on at the turn of the year and take every game as it comes. The manager has come in and we haven’t even had a training session, but fingers crossed he can finish off the job that John Gregory has started.
“You can tell just from today (Sunday), he (Dean Saunders) has come in, in difficult circumstances, but as he said to us, he’s not come in to lose or just make up the numbers. He has come in to win and although we haven’t won today, we have stopped the rot and it’s time to turn it around and kick on.”
Young, who is Manchester United’s ace Ashley’s brother, joined Reds in the summer and has made ten appearances since, but was one of five players transfer listed in the summer.
He revealed it was just 24 hours before Sunday’s game that the players were told about Gregory’s exit and said: “It wasn’t until yesterday after training we heard about it. Obviously it will effect us as players because we are used to working with him on a daily basis.
“He text all of us before the game and wished us well and we wished him well. Fingers crossed he has a really speedy recovery and we can keep ourselves up and he can retake back over or whatever happens in the near future we are not sure.”