Andros Townsend goes into tonight’s match against his former club, Tottenham Hotspur, knowing that the side will play with added confidence due to the current run of results but is also wary they still need to look over their shoulder at teams behind them.
“When you win football matches it breeds confidence and we are in that good stage at the moment but we also have to be careful of complacency. When we beat Chelsea people started talking about climbing up the table and in a matter of days we go to Southampton and find ourselves on the back of a 3-1 defeat so we need to keep a check on teams behind us but at the same time always look to improve on what we are doing.
“There has always been a belief in the squad deep down of what we can do as a group but now you are starting to see that out on the pitch, we are playing with freedom which is meaning we are able to play to our potential, something that we all knew we could do.”
They host Spurs on Wednesday night having beaten three out of the four teams they have come against from the top six in recent weeks and it has given the players a real appetite for these matches when you are going into the games as the underdog.
“When you win football matches you feel good, can’t wait for training the next day and build up for the next game and we are in that stage at the moment.
"We are relishing the big games, playing well and picking up unlikely victories so can't wait for the game and look to pull off another shock. The work we are putting in is proving vital, the manager has worked tirelessly since he has been here on defending as a unit and also the attacking side of our game which is now seeing us score more goals.”
The turnaround in results may not have happened straight away under Sam Allardyce but the 25 year old winger has seen how work on the training pitch has helped make the team fitter and in turn help the players produce better performances in the week to week battles of playing in the top flight.
"We didn't get a short-term fix because first and foremost we weren't training hard enough, we changed the structure of how we train. It took a while to get used to that more intense training, but look at the stats and you can see we are working 10 times harder.
"Fundamentally I wasn't fit enough in the first half of the season, I wasn't able to get up and down the pitch as much as I would like. Ryland Morgans has come in as part of the new backroom staff and changed that. He's got me getting the most out of my body. Now I'm putting in great shifts for the team defensively, and down the other end I'm managing to pick up a few goals and assists as well which is nice."
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