This is something I have mentioned a few times before this season to then have thrown back in my face the next game after. So any positivity I write or think at the moment, I am doing it with caution.
However, what is clear for me to see this season is that with this group of players, there is a real improvement in team spirit and togetherness, and this can often be a key component to any successful team.
When the players are out there playing for each other, backing each other, and celebrating each player’s individual wins on the pitch, that is often a very good sign.
The way these players have celebrated goals in the last two games shows it all. They don’t want to be out there losing matches, they aren’t just there to earn a pay check and go home regardless of the result. These are two things that have rightfully been doubted a lot this season, but I think the last two games, and other games I’ve seen similar moments in this season, can probably put that to bed now.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we will now go on to be successful this season and turn things around, but the team spirit being there and back, is a vital sign that things can certainly continue to improve.
Players fighting for each other and fighting to win 50/50s and individual battles can literally win games. Last night was a prime example of this. In the first half we did not do it and we were 1-0 down. The second half we did do it and we won 3-1.
The team spirit and effort is far from perfect yet, but there are some really positive signs that this is becoming a group of players that like each other and want to win for each other. We speak a lot about club culture and how that has been missing, but this can be the start to creating that again. Then they will fight for each other, for the fans, and for the badge. Players like Malo Gusto already get it, and I do see others following suit…
Pundits will criticise over celebrations in these last two games and from the outside in…
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Author : Simon Phillips
Publish date : 2024-02-13 15:28:28
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