Harry Kewell in it for the long haul at rock-bottom Crawley | Jeremy Alexander

21 August 2017 09:12
Harry Kewell, the new Crawley manager, is the first Australian to manage a professional league team in England and after defeat by Cambridge he has still to pick up his first pointNothing in the weekend’s League fixtures was more pointless than Crawley Town v Cambridge United, 91st and 90th in League Two. The previous Saturday, the Glorious Twelfth, was no day for a grouse, of course, but Harry Kewell and Shaun Derry, the respective men in charge, had managed a brace between them after their second defeats running. “Silly mistakes have cost us,” said Kewell. “We’re after a bit of quality in the final third,” said Derry. At Broadfield Stadium on Saturday something had to give.It gave 1-0 for Cambridge, who found that bit of quality when Jabo Ibehre, described as an impact player, made a mockery of the vigorous effort before and after. Protecting a rib injury sustained in training, he was introduced shortly after half-time, stretched to prod the ball in when Glenn Morris could not hold Uche Ikpeazu’s shot and was back on the bench inside seven minutes with his rib none the better for it. “He was that moment man,” said Derry. “That’s why we bought him.” At 34 Ibehre was signed in May. In two years he had averaged a goal every two games for Carlisle. Related: Sleep and you’ll miss it: Carabao Cup third-round draw scheduled for 4.15am Continue reading......read full article

Source: TheGuardian