With Mile still away at the Asian Cup, I'm happy to once again fill in as captain, and it's been a great time to have lead this group of players out over the past few weeks.
It's been fantastic to have won the past four matches on the trot which was exactly the start to 2015 we were looking for. The Tottenham victory was a special evening for us as players, and for the new manager, as we showed our resilience to come from behind against an in-form side. The atmosphere at Selhurst was back to what we know and love that evening, and it was great to put in a performance that brought that famous noise back.
That result gave us plenty of confidence heading up to Burnley a week later but we were very disappointed to find ourselves 2-0 down so early on in a game against a relegation rival. However we were superb for the remaining 75 minutes and I felt at the end of the game that we thoroughly deserved the victory, even if we did have to do it the hard way.
Those six points we picked up from losing positions could well be crucial in the season's final shake-up. In this league you have to believe for the entire 90 minutes that you can get something out of the game, no matter who the opponents are, or you'll get heavily beaten.
We displayed plenty of that fighting spirit last season, and the confidence that we gained from coming back from 3-0 down against Liverpool still lives on in our minds. It's nice that we now have something fresher in our minds to draw upon, and psychologically it also keeps the opposition worrying about what we're capable of without the lead. However it would be better if we just didn't fall behind in games!
It's also been great to help guide the lads through to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Going to Southampton and beating another of the league's in-form sides just a month after they gave us a bit of a lesson at Selhurst Park shows how far we've come in a short space of time. It was also great to see Yaya Sanogo score his first goal and Marouane Chamakh return from injury, and it's hugely encouraging that we've scored 12 goals in the last four games.
The last three wins show that we can give anyone in this league a good game home or away, and that means we just want the games to come thick and fast now that we have some serious momentum.
Transfer deadline day is just around the corner so as players we'll be keeping an eye on all the developments to see what happens around the league, but I'm more interested in the challenge that Everton will bring to SE25. If we can keep this run going a little longer yet, it'll be nice to hand Mile the captain's armband back having remained undefeated during his time away, which will also stand us in good stead for the final months of the season.