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

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

Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell

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

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.

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

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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.

“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.”

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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.

“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.

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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.”