Crawley Town boss Mark Yates: Our two-week break will be good for us

Crawley Town manager Mark Yates is viewing their enforced two-week break positively in view of a series of injuries which have hit the squad.

Wednesday, 2nd September 2015, 1:00 pm
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They were due to visit Notts County this Saturday, September 5, but the game has been postponed until Tuesday, September 22 due to international call-ups.

There were three Notts County players involved plus one for Crawley, goalkeeper Freddie Woodman who is in the England under-19s squad to play Germany and Croatia away this Friday and Monday.

Yates said; “I think it will do us good. We can get some good work into them this week.

“Probably have a long weekend, Friday, Saturday, Sunday if we can get the work done early in the week as we build up towards the Mansfield match.

“If we had a game we would have had Freddie Woodman missing, we’d have had Liam Donnelly missing, so it’s probably not a bad thing.

“We want to keep that momentum going. Three clean sheets and six points from the first five games with only one defeat - I’m happy with that!”

Yates was delighted to hear that Woodman had been selected for England under-19s.

He said: “It’s great for Freddie himself to be in that set-up and it’s great for us as a club to be part of that.

“We knew he was going to be in England squads for sure, it was just a case of which one.

“Already having only played five games you can see he is maturing and there has been a realisation of what its about.

“He’s got more and more confident and he’s given more and more confidence to the players in front of him and that’s resulted in to really good two clean sheets.”

They are preparing for qualifying matches for the first round which will be held between 8 and 13 October.

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