'I am only worried about what we do' - Crawley Town boss Yems ahead of clash with Harry Kewell's Oldham

Crawley Town come up against former boss Harry Kewell on Saturday – but John Yems is only focussed on his side.
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Kewell is not the most popular man in Crawley after he left the club to join Notts County in August 2018.

His role at County lasted less than three months and he took a break before being appointed by the Latics in August this year. He has not had the best start, losing both opening games to Morecambe and Stevenage. Now Yems has a chance to put one over the Australian for the fans, but he does not see it like that.

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Former Crawley Town boss Harry Kewell is now in charge of Oldham AthleticFormer Crawley Town boss Harry Kewell is now in charge of Oldham Athletic
Former Crawley Town boss Harry Kewell is now in charge of Oldham Athletic

He is only concentrating on what his side do as they look to follow up their win against Scunthorpe on Saturday with another three points.

He said: “It’s going to be a tough game but we have just got to concentrate on what we have got to do. If we don’t do what we set out to do, we won’t be in the contest.

“They are a good side, they are in our division but they have got to be beaten – points are at stake.

“I am only worried about what we do.”

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Referring to Kewell, Yems said: “Most probably I am not well-liked. One week you are, one week you’re not. I am supposed to be a miserable git myself. You can’t please everybody.

“I am just worried about what I can influence, all I can do is try to get a result for everybody. Not just the fans, but the team and everyone.

“The fans are everything to the club but they know and I know that we put a side out that’s going to try to do their best.”

The Reds boss was pleased to get three points on the board last week after Tom Nichols’ goal secured the win. Yems said: “We set out to do what we did – get the three points, just get back into winning ways and it proved we can dig in. It was a bit of a relief to get that first win and now I hope it just kicks us on a little. It can all change on a sixpence. It’s like everyone was moaning we lost to Port Vale last week, but they went on and beat Exeter 2-0 away from home this week.”

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Yems is confident his side are moving in the right direction, but doesn’t want to get too excited by Saturday’s win. He said: “We are getting fitter and fitter game by game and the touches are getting better but you can’t go OTT when you win and it’s the same when you lose.”

Yems said they were looking at two or three more players who could be brought in. Triallists played in a game against Morecambe on Tuesday.