Since my last programme notes, we have played four matches in quick succession and the lads have done brilliantly to string together some good results.
The Stoke City game was a really good afternoon, especially as we were able to score some goals in front of our home fans. Our form at Selhurst Park hasn’t been great in recent times and we didn’t start the season off here too well either, so to get a win and find the back of the net four times meant it was a fine afternoon’s work.
After that, we went to Southampton in the EFL Cup and I ended up pulling a hamstring. It was an unfortunate one; it was a bit tight after the Stoke game and if we had more bodies fit I might not have played, but I want to play in every game possible. There aren’t many games you go into feeling 100% anyway and if I had got through the 90 minutes everything would have been fine, so it’s been a setback for me to miss these last few games.
My recovery is going well though; I’ve been working hard trying to keep myself up to speed so that when I do come back I’m ready to hit the ground running again. It’s been three weeks now and I’m on the borderline for being fit for this game, but if I don’t feature then I should be fine for Leicester City next weekend.
It was great though to keep up to date with the lads up at Sunderland and see them turn a 2-0 defeat into a 3-2 win. To produce that kind of comeback shows the type of characters in the squad and that’s what you need to do sometimes to get points on the board.
Sometimes you find yourself on the wrong side of a couple of goals and within the squad you need to know that you have the fight to come back, and that’s what we showed that day. When you’re losing and you score in the last minute, it feels a lot sweeter and it has definitely given us all a lift.
That carried on into the Everton game which I was disappointed to miss because I’m from that part of the country and I always like to go up there and play. However I thought we put in another positive performance, and in the second half we were the team that were the most likely to go on and score the winner. A point up there on the back of three wins in the league was a good result, and that should keep the confidence flowing into the game against West Ham.
The international break can sometimes be a hindrance, or a good time to have a breather if you need people to get up to full fitness. With the way it’s gone with the last few results we’ve had, it’s important we carry on the types of performances that we have been putting in. We can’t let our standards drop and we need to keep striving to improve to make sure we stay on this good run.