Last time we were at Selhurst Park a fortnight ago we came so close to getting a well-deserved draw against Manchester City.
It was probably one of our better performances of late. For the majority of the game we more than matched a Premier League title challenger, so to come unstuck so late in the game was disappointing having worked tirelessly to get ourselves in a position to claim a result.
Following that, we travelled to Swansea last week and played our part in one of the craziest games that I’ve ever been involved with, but unfortunately we didn’t come out on the right side of it. Even a week on it’s still tough to get your head around because it was such a bizarre game. To be 3-1 down and show the spirit to get back to 4-3, only then to concede two goals in the seven added minutes meant it was a very difficult one to come to terms with.
Therefore the atmosphere in the changing room was very sombre afterwards. It’s difficult losing any game but the way that one panned out made it so much harder because we had got ourselves back in a good position and didn’t see the game out, and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen again and ensure we get the points in the bag.
Much has been written and said recently about the amount of goals we concede from set-pieces. Since I’ve been here we’ve taken pride in being great at scoring and defending those situations so it’s strange things have been going wrong in that department so far this season.
Being a defender means it probably me hurts more, but we have to all stick together and work that extra bit harder to be more solid as a team and regain the attitude that we’re tough to break down and hard to beat. If we do that then that’ll improve results, but also the way we defend set-pieces as a team.
Since Saturday, we have had plenty of discussions about where we are and what we need to do going forward to make sure what happened at Swansea never happens again. It was too easy for them in that second half and we don’t want to be in that position again where we lose a game so late on, having worked hard to get back into it.
I’m happy to report that we have witnessed a reaction in training. That’s what you want to see, but the only place we can put it right is on the pitch in games and that’s what we all want to do, starting this afternoon.
Today sees us come up against Southampton again, and they’re a team we know very well having played them in the cups plenty of times over recent seasons, including a couple of months ago in the EFL Cup. Therefore we have a good idea about how they’ll play the game, and hopefully come Saturday that’ll be an advantage for us and we’ll get the right result, which will help us move on from the past couple of months.