New Crawley Town boss Matt Etherington is looking to get off to a positive start at home against Swindon Town in League Two this weekend.

The former Tottenham midfielder was installed as manager late last week and has been impressed by the attitude of the players during his first few days in charge.

And he is hoping they can give the fans something to cheer, as they bid to climb the table.

"It's been really positive, the lads have been really receptive in terms of what we're doing, and the training sessions have been really good," he told the club's YouTube channel.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind, really intense, but I wouldn't expect anything different.

"I knew when this opportunity would happen eventually it would be like this, so I'm prepared for it, and looking forward to Saturday and meeting the supporters.

"The first two games are at home, so hopefully the fans can see what we're all about in terms of the way we want to play and the players can go out there and do it, which I'm sure they will do.

"They've been brilliant. There's a lot gone on for them personally over the last few months, a lot of turmoil, people leaving, so for them to be the way they have with us, I can only thank them.

"First and foremost we've got to give them something to shout about, hopefully we'll be able to do that.

"If we can get the support of all the fans behind us, especially early on, that will be really big."

Swindon arrive on the back of a home defeat against Crewe two weeks ago, but sit in seventh place and Etherington expects a tough test.

"They want to pass the ball, they've got rotations in their team, and they've got some very good players for League Two level," he added.

"We're under no illusion that it's going to be a very tough game and we will have a game plan to stop that and to affect them.

"I'm really looking forward to it, to seeing the players in a live match situation and going from there."

Etherington arrives at Broadfield Stadium after a spell as under-23 manager at Peterborough United, having also been placed in interim charge last season following the exit of Darren Ferguson.

Former teammate Simon Davies will act as his assistant and he added: "Everyone has got to start somewhere.

"I'm not guaranteeing this is going to work out. I'm pretty confident in the way I work and I'm pretty sure it is going to work out.

"I've been in this game since I was 15 years old. I know I've got to get results for this club.

"I know the way we work and I'm pretty confident within time we will get consistent results for this club. But the proof will be there for all to see eventually."