STAND-IN boss Darren Patterson says he looks forward to coming out of a difficult week at Rotherham United by marking the first visit to Crawley with a win.
“For me, personally, it has been a very difficult week because Andy Scott was a close friend,” said Patterson who was brought in as assistant manager by Scott.
“He knows me well enough and knows I’m professional over what I do and I’ve been speaking to him during the weekand he has given me his support and, to be truthful, had he not done so then I definitely would not be sitting here.
“We’ve done a lot of work at this football club in a year and it was a shock on Monday. Then Tuesday was difficult and it had an effect on the players in that first 20 minutes against Macclesfield. Definitely.
“But they are a very honest bunch of lads and once they got sorted, they showed their qualities. Now, I’m looking forward to a good training session and then putting on a performance at Crawley, getting a good result, getting the win we are going for.”
He said they would go there with confidence and no fear.
“Bring on the Crawleys of this world, they are the type of game you should want to play in,” said Patterson who has previously been caretaker manager at Bristol Rovers where the former Northern Ireland international defender held posts including Head of Youth and assistant manager.
“We went to Southend on a night when they would have gone top with a win and beat them so we are capable, we know that.”
Patterson has to wait for fitness checks on Alex Revell, calf, Lewis Grabban, kidney, and Michael Raynes who suffered a very badly cut mouth early on against Macclesfield and, according to Patterson, was brave to carry on. He required stitches.
Crawley, who will have ex-Millers man Pablo Mills in their side, should recall defender Claude Davis after a virus forced him to pull out just before the start of Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Gillingham.
Striker Billy Clarke, signed from Blackpool recently, was on the bench on Tuesday but could be restored to the side. Ex-Owls striker and Chesterfdield loanee Leon Clarke is set for his third game on loan from Swindon.