Frank de Boer reflects on two good performances over the past week as he writes his programme notes for the match against Swansea City.
After the disappointing loss to Huddersfield Town, we have seen two much better performances from the players this week, which has pleased me greatly.
Against Liverpool we showed a good team spirit which is crucial if you want to get better results. We had a plan and executed it very well, and they only had some small chances which frustrated them as we were so organised. We had a couple of opportunities from set-plays but also good chances for Jason Puncheon and Christian Benteke, so the result could easily have been the other way around and then there might be a totally different feeling around the club.
However it was a relief to get my first win on Tuesday night against Ipswich Town, and it’s great for the fans and players to have that winning feeling again. It was nice to see players like Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur play 90 minutes, as well as take a look at the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly.
We also had two youngsters in attack in Sullay Kaikai and Jason Lokilo and they put in a lot of effort. In the first half they were a little bit isolated, but we changed the system and they began facing up against opponents rather than having them on their back. Once we made that change we were in control, and Jason got much more involved and we saw his strengths which was nice.
This afternoon against Swansea City we want to get our first points on the board so it’s very important for everybody. It would help us improve the confidence in the team, but Swansea are a tough opponent so we will have to show the same spirit as we did against Liverpool and Ipswich, and if we do I’m confident that we will get a good result.
I would also like to welcome the club’s new Sporting Director, Dougie Freedman to a very important role. He knows the club inside out and we’ll be in contact regularly to discuss the things that we need to improve at the training ground and the academy.
With the window closing next week, transfers are the priority at the moment and he’ll be working with the chairman and I to consider which players can inject quality into our squad. We are still looking very carefully and if we can get some reinforcements into the team, that would be great.