Stevenage boss Darren Sarll expecting tough game against Harry Kewell’s Crawley Town

PUBLISHED: 12:04 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:32 30 December 2017

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

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Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll is expecting a tough encounter when his side travel to Crawley Town on Saturday in their last Sky Bet League Two game of 2017.

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw when Crawley visited the Lamex back in September and Sarll is expecting a difficult game in the reverse fixture this weekend.

The Boro boss told CometSport: “They’ve had some terrific results at home beating Mansfield and Exeter, both very good sides.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game.

“They’ve probably been similar to us in recent week in terms of inconsistencies but we have to strive to be a top side and better than all those below us.

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

“We need to try and keep increasing the number of teams that sit below us in the table.

“I thought it was a tough game when we played them at home and I’m expecting a more challenging one this time around.”

A famous face will be in the dugout opposite Sarll on Saturday afternoon.

Former Liverpool, Leeds United and Australian international Harry Kewell was appointed as Crawley manager in the summer but is now in the same boat as Sarll.

Both in their first job in management and two of the youngest coaches in the Football League – with Sarll being the youngest of any manager at 34 and Kewell, 39 – the Stevenage manager was full of praise for his opposite number’s achievements in the game.

“I don’t know Harry as a person so it’s not for me to comment on him as a coach,” he said.

“From first impression’s he seems like a very nice man but I have no idea about him as a coach or his style management.

“I’ve met him maybe once or twice and obviously they are quite brief especially when managing against him.

“The one thing we do know about Harry is that he was an absolutely wonderful footballer and he played at the very highest level for a long time in some top sides.

“You obviously have to applaud and respect those elite athlete’s for being able to play at that level for that length of time.”

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