Date: 27th March 2015 at 3:10pm
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Manager Dean Saunders have said Crawley Town haven’t achieved anything yet so we have to keep going until the final game of the season.

Three wins on the bounce seeing us climb out of the League One dropzone has given everyone a boost, but Saunders has been very quick to say that if we fail to do what we’ve been doing when we face Gillingham tomorrow, then it will have counted for nothing.

Speaking to the Crawley News ahead of the game, the gaffer explained that the players simply had to keep this run going now.

‘We have won three on the trot, but we want to keep it going. We are still in trouble, but we have given ourselves a chance of getting out of it. We still probably need to win three of our last eight games, but for me I want us to go out there and try to win every game. We cannot afford to take our foot off the gas and I have told the boys that if they don’t win tomorrow, they are back to square one.’

Going on to Gillingham specifically he said he knew we would be up for a very tough test as he rates their manager Justin Edinburgh and he believes they have shown real improvement since he joined the club, so it’s not going to be an easy game for us.

‘I know Justin and he has done his apprenticeship in the Conference. He has done well at the clubs he has been at and he has got Gillingham organised. It won’t be an easy game for us and we have to be alert not to make mistakes and shoot ourselves in the foot. They won’t be easy to play against and we have to make sure that we don’t give them anything.’

One thing clearly in our favour is the uplift in belief and confidence surrounding the group now, a direct result of our recent games and small achievements.

The pleasure for Saunders there is he says we haven’t been doing anything differently, but it’s now starting to gel for the side so it’s a natural improvement and of course confidence plays a big part in that and making moments in the game go your way.

‘We have been playing well. We have done well against some of the big sides that we have played against and not quite got the results we have deserved. But I said to just keep going and the results will come. And the belief has come with the results we have got in the last few games. We are now going out there believing that we are going to win, even if we go a goal down.’

With the arrival of John Cofie and Kelly Youga to the side, Saunders also feels it has been two good bits of business for us and he feels they will add a lot to the side for the remainder of the season.

‘Credit to the two boys. They are not doing it for the money, they just want a chance. We have eight games to go and I felt we were short of players, so we needed to bring a couple in. John Cofie is a similar player to Izale in that he can get in behind defences, and Kelly is another defender, which I have felt that we needed. We do have Dean Leacock back in training, but I felt we just needed a couple more players to add to the squad, because I don’t want to be short of players for the run-in.’

Cofie could be in line to make his debut for the club against Gillingham but Youga is still waiting for his international clearance to come through.

The gaffer will also make a late decision on on loan Crystal Palace keeper Lewis Price who came off with a concussion in the Leyton Orient game.

‘There are protocols we have to observe after something like that. But we will assess him today and hopefully he will be available.’

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