Damien Delaney feels there was plenty in the performance at Stoke City, even in defeat, that the squad can take into the final weeks of the season.
Having conceded four goals in the home reverse against Sunderland it was important that there was a reaction from the group against Mark Hughes side, who had only lost three at home before last weekend’s encounter.
“The performance we gave in the game at Stoke City has got to be the blueprint going forward. We have been working an awful lot on our shape and being defensively better and I think our display showed the work we had put in on the training ground since the last game.”
Skipper Scott Dann was missing following an injury picked up in that defeat seven days previous so Delaney took the armband and once again lined up alongside James Tomkins in the backline.
“Both me and Tonks have played together on a number of occasions this season and I feel we have done quite well plus we also had Luka coming into midfield that helped the shape of the team as well but as I say it’s important we now move on from here.”
The 35 year old believes that the squad can take learnings from Saturday’s defeat into a crucial run of fixtures with the defender adamant that the side can pull themselves away from danger.
“This is going to go to the wire, so we need everyone to get behind us because we are certainly not dead and buried, we are not in a mission impossible situation. We have 13 games left and are only two points off getting out the bottom three places. As a group of players we need to stick together and move forward after the break with our game against Middlesbrough at Selhurst in a couple of weeks time.”