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Kewell: 'Show it over 90'

The gaffer looks ahead to Saturday's clash with Exeter

8 September 2018

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Harry Kewell is looking for his side to maintain their level of performance over the full 90 minutes of Saturday's clash with Exeter City.

The new manager’s opening game in charge ended with a 2-1 defeat to Grimsby Town in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday despite an impressive first-half performance.

And now Kewell is calling on his players to replicate that for the entirety of this weekend's Sky Bet League Two clash.

“I was impressed with how we conducted ourselves in the first half so now we need continue that right through the 90 minutes,” he said.

"Before Grimsby I only had two training sessions to give the players a crash course in what I want them to do and they applied themselves perfectly in the opening period.

“The way we started the game was pleasing but we ran out of steam in the second half and that is where we need to improve now.”

Because of the midweek clash, Kewell is yet to have a full week of training with his squad but he is already seeing progress.

He explained: “The week has been about them getting to grips with the way we are going to work and the players have said it’s a breath of fresh air to feel some confidence again.

“It’s down to them as individuals to learn as quickly as possible and I’m hoping in the next couple of weeks they’ll become accustomed to the way I want us to play and their understanding will improve."

The gaffer hopes to utilise Paul Hart’s experience from his previous role at Luton Town after he joined Notts as technical director on Wednesday.

Kewell added: “He was part of a team that got promoted last year so he knows what it takes to get a team to the next level.

“That’s something I haven’t achieved yet but with his help hopefully we can because he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.

“When I first came to England he taught me how to adapt and improved my football which gave me the confidence to perform in the first team and I hope he can do the same here.”

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