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Puncheon: We Need To Believe In Ourselves

31 December 2016

Winger Jason Puncheon goes into the Arsenal game on the back of a first full of week of training with new boss, Sam Allardyce, and has already picked up early indications of what the aims are of the experienced manager. 

"It’s a been a good first week, as always a new manager will have his own way of doing things but he hasn’t come in and tried to change too much. He has been honest about the situation we are in and how we need to move forward.


"We know as a team we can score goals because we have been doing that but its about stopping them at the other end and that is us working collectively as a group to do that."


To have a new manager at this time of the year means there is not a great deal of time for players to get used to the change in set up, we asked the 30 year old midfielder how he had been affected by that. 


"In football we all know that managers change and its part of the game that as a player you become used to this happening but it is not going to be easy to turn things around straight away. It takes time but we need to all believe in what we are doing and strive to move forward together and then it will be fine."


Following on from the point picked up at Vicarage Road it is hoped that a change in fortune is on the horizon but Puncheon knows that when in a relegation battle the players must take responsibility for the situation. 


"As a group of players we are seasoned pros and we must take a look at ourselves for the position we are in, the new manager will have his ideas of how we can turn things around and we will all work to make sure that happens as quick as possible.


"From a personal point of view I have spoken to him and the chat was really where he sees things with me, he said keep doing what I have been doing but I know that over time he will see how I am doing and will have some more words on how he feels he can get more out of me and that is what always happens, as a player you have to adapt to what a new manager wants from you."


The opening game of 2017 sees a trip across London to take on Arsenal, who know that three points will take them into third place, but the Croydon born Eagle knows his side will be looking forward to the challenge. 


"We went there last year and did really well, when you go there you have stay in the game and we look forward to doing that again. Within the group we always go to the game believing we can win and this will be no different, we need to show the fight and desire that is needed when going to somewhere like the Emirates.


"They are top Premier League players but its another eleven men you are playing against and you have to believe in yourself and be ready to cross the white line and go into the game with the right attitude."

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