We’re coming off the back of three league defeats in a row and we know we need to put that right as soon as possible, hopefully starting tomorrow.
Last time we were at Selhurst we were punished by a Chelsea side who really showed their class, but giving up the first goal let them off the hook as until that point we’d made a good fist of it. That didn’t do us any favours and in the second half they showed what they’re about and killed the game off.
We then went to Aston Villa where I don’t think we played our best game and we have all come to terms with that. We faced a Villa side that were dogged and determined and maybe we didn’t match them at that level, despite knowing that we were going to expect that at a very difficult ground to go to.
Following that was the defeat to Manchester City where I think the four-goal margin was unfair on us but it doesn’t take away from the fact that we’ve lost another game. However after the Villa match there were positives as we did have a couple of chances at 0-0 and could maybe painted a different picture of the game.
It wasn’t to be though and City showed their quality by taking opportunities presented to them and that’s what you have to get to grips with at this level because you get punished if you make mistakes as an individual or as a collective.
Despite having three away games in a week, the support was very noticeable and I’d just like to thank everyone who did travel because your support didn’t go unnoticed. You guys didn’t stop and that’s what we’ve become accustomed to and spoilt in that respect. I can’t commend you all enough for taking the time to go to the games and sing your hearts out. That’s something that we need to use going forward.
It’s a shame we didn’t get any points from those three matches but as much as you don’t ever like to think it, there will be times in every season when you go through a rough period. Looking at the results it seems we’re having ours now, but we know we have enough in the team to win games in this division and it’s about trying to find a solution to get us back to where we want to be.
There have been a lot of fixtures recently but I think it’s pretty much the same for everybody, including Tottenham who played on Wednesday in a cup replay. It’s something you just have to deal with; that’s why you have squads. We’ve known about it for a while so we’ll take every game with the upmost professionalism and try to do our best to get a result every time we play.
Spurs have been flying this season and they’re playing with a swagger. They’re a team that we’ll have to be very weary of but we are a good team ourselves and we can be very strong, so it makes for a very good game. It feels like we need a big game to turn our form around, so tomorrow will be a good one for us to get involved in.