Harry Kewell insists he does not feel pressure as the boss of Crawley Town.

The Aussie was delighted at his side’s performance against Exeter City on Tuesday night, and seemed to be thriving in the role he has held since May.

It did not seem that way against Wycombe last Saturday as he confronted a fan after losing 4-0, but Kewell dismissed talks of a strain on his position.

When asked if Tuesday’s 3-1 win eased the pressure on him, Kewell, 39, said: “You think that’s pressure? Fair enough.

“For me, what’s pressure? Pressure is not here.

“It’s not for me. I love this (being manager of Crawley).

“I know it’s going to take time. We finished 20th and 19th the last couple of years. What are you expecting? We need to build on games like this.

“I don’t understand when people say it’s pressure.”

He described the match as “the best performance he has seen” from Reds in his stint at the club.

Reds face a trip to sixth-placed Coventry today after winning for the first time in six games, and look as though they will be without captain Jimmy Smith – their most creative link in League Two this season.

Smith had been involved in 54% of Crawley’s goals before the Exeter match, but has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the draw with Forest Green Rovers two weeks ago.

Kewell said his star man is “doing well” but refused to give a return date, but confessed the midfielder is training with the squad.

Another player unlikely to be on the team sheet at Coventry, but seemingly for very different reasons, is winger Dean Cox.

He has rarely featured under Kewell, and fans debated his future over social media last weekend after he was spotted watching his former team Leyton Orient while Reds played Wycombe.

When asked where the former Albion man has been, Kewell said: “Good question – where is he?

“Ask all of my players, as long as you work hard, you will have an opportunity here.

“Some players have come and taken their chance. All my players have got to work hard in training.”