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The boss' views prior to Crawley away

3 March 2022

First team manager Keith Hill has previewed the away trip to Crawley Town this weekend with iFollow Iron.

United head to the People's Pension Stadium on Saturday looking to bounce back from last week's disappointing defeat to Sutton United.

Hill said: "We're always optimistic. You've got to recover quickly in football, but it was very disappointing at Sutton. You've got to move on, and live and learn from that disappointment, and we had to stomach that result and performance.

"I think the players are humble to the situation. We didn't represent the fans' values when we played against Sutton in terms of courage. Irrespective of the position we're in, we should be fighting. The performance lacked non-negotiables, like the courage and desire. We let everybody down; ourselves, our team-mates and it was a hard watch. However, you have to recover, move on and have to learn from it. Every one of the 12 games we have left is an opportunity, starting with Crawley on Saturday. I think they're a well-managed side with bundles of experience and have a well-balanced squad.

"There has been no sulking, I won't sulk. We've got to be football players, have got to enjoy training and the challenges that lie ahead, and that's what I've been asking for all week.

"We have got some fresh injuries, which I don't want to give away to the opposition, but every day represents an opportunity for a player. We've had a relatively similar squad for the last two or three weeks. I'm pretty pleased with a lot of what we do during the week, but sometimes the big disappointment is the matchday experiences, which aren't a true reflection of what we expect and what I believe we're capable of achieving."

Around 100 tickets have been issued ahead of the game to Iron fans, and Hill said: "We're trying to represent those supporters and they had every right to be upset and to leave the stadium down at Sutton. Fair play to them though, they stayed, and it's important our players understand they're there supporting them through the hard times. I have so much respect for them and I do promise that there will be massive successes, but I have so much respect for them. I love the fact they turn up in their numbers every game supporting me and the players."

See much more from Keith Hill and Mason O'Malley on iFollow Iron.

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