As you could tell by our reactions at the end of the Everton game last weekend, the lads were devastated not to get a point from it.
We matched them for the majority of the game and there wasn’t too much between the teams. We had a couple of chances to score too, so to let one in so late was tough to take. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, as we have to go again and put in a similar type of performance today because it was a better display from us a week ago.
That was helped by playing three at the back which was new for us this season. With the Bolton game being in midweek we couldn’t do too much work on the training pitch because players were recovering from that, and so it was only on Friday that we knew we were playing with that formation. On the whole it worked OK and the lads took to it well, and I’m sure at times during the season we’ll switch formations depending on who we play, and it’s nice to know that if we do that then the lads are comfortable with it.
As we left the field at the end of the Everton game, it was heartening to hear you applauding us off. We know you like seeing commitment and effort, and if we show that then you’ll stay with us and that’s why you’re such good fans. There have been times that we’ve underperformed but you’ve stuck with us then too, so if we keep displaying that fight from now until the ned of the season get some great support, which could be crucial as we might need our supporters to help us out when the going gets tough.
Our attentions turn to the FA Cup today, and we have been handed a tough draw. Even though we all know that the FA Cup is not as important a competition as the league right now with the position we’re in, at the same time we go into every game trying to win so hopefully we can put in a good performance, get a good result and go into next week with a bit of momentum behind us.
It’s a massive one for us and we all know we need to be ready for it. I’m sure there will be changes made today to keep players fresh ahead of the Bournemouth and Sunderland games, but whoever plays against Manchester City this afternoon will be going out trying to get the the win and bring some confidence going into those matches. Next week also sees the transfer window close and having moved on deadline day, I know how difficult it can be for those players involved. You have to make big decisions in a short space of time, but everyone has been in football long enough to know that that’s when the majority of the work is done. The manager and chairman are trying to get in some more quality to help us get out of the position we’re in, and I’m sure that’ll be the case right up until the deadline on Tuesday.