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Red Devils midfielder 'inspired' by Chelsea

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Drury looking for defensive resilience. (©GettyImages)
Drury looking for defensive resilience. (©GettyImages).

Crawley Town midfielder Andy Drury wants his side to emulate the likes of Manchester United or Chelsea's title-winning teams by being tight at the back.

The 27-year-old has called on his teammates to address their defensive frailties which has seen the League Two outfit concede first in each of their last three games.

Drury scored a sensational volley to earn the Red Devils a point in a 1-1 draw with Hereford at Edgar Street, but left the ground frustrated at the team's slow start.

"It almost feels at the moment that teams might as well get a goal and then we go out there," he quipped. "It's happened and we all make mistakes, every footballer makes mistakes through a season. Unfortunately we are making more than what we should.

"We haven't kept a clean sheet for a few games so we need to get back to basics and cut out the mistakes. If we work like that every single game until the end of the season there's no reason we won't get promoted."

Drury is optimistic about the Reds' chances of achieving promotion again this season, but says the club should take inspiration from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United side, or the spirited Chelsea team under the former stewardship of Jose Mourinho - whose success at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford over the years has been built fundamentally on water-tight defences.

"We're still up the top of the table, or second but you've got to come and get the three points," he continued.

"Sometimes you look at Manchester United when they win the league or Chelsea under Mourinho and every game is just 1-0."

Their latest draw means that Crawley extend their unbeaten run to nine games, having registered seven straight wins prior to their back-to-back draws - ironically a record that both Manchester United and Chelsea would be proud of.

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