Date:Sunday February 18 2007
We suffered a 2-1 defeat aganst Wolves at Molyneux this Saturday despite a good performance in the second half. The team made the task to get any points from this match difficult though mainly due to a sloppy defensive performance in the first half,a half which saw Wolves go in at half-time 2-0 and looking by far the better team
Steve Cotterill had the following to say after the match
'They were two soft goals and we did enough in the second half to earn a draw.
'You normally get a feeling from the away fans and they clapped us at the end, which is pleasing for me and the players.
'That was a decent gauge because Wolves were hanging on at the end.
'If we had defended better in the first half we would have won the game 1-0 and it has probably been the story of our season a little bit that we have leaked too many goals.
'It doesn't matter how hard you work at that during the week, it is Saturday that counts and any mistake at the moment is costly.
'We have had some good performances and also some disappointing individual performances and we just need to get back to being a seven out of ten team every week.
'That, in turn, will mean we go on and get more results.'
Steve went on to say 'I think we were better in the second half than we have been in recent weeks, but you play for 90 minutes and there is no point in us just putting in a good second half performance.
'Sometimes it is easy to play when you are 1-0 down. We have to make sure we have the courage to play when it's 0-0.'
'At the moment we haven't scored enough goals and we haven't kept many clean sheets and that is not necessarily a recipe for winning and being further up the table.
'We have just got to get through this period and get that win because that is what we need at the moment.
'A lot of these games we have prepared for have been away from home and they have been tough games.
'We need to probably get that home win at the moment to give us that belief that we can go and win away again.'
These are desperate times for our manager and team. Its difficult to believe this loss of form after at one point being 3rd/4th in the League before Christmas.
However somehow we have to get that first win in 13 matches under our belt and hopefully this will be against Leicester on Tuesday night (20th Feb 7:45 pm KO)
Most Clarets fans are wary of our position being only 7 points clear of the relegation zone (although with one game in hand over most of the the bottom clubs). It is lucky all three bottom clubs failed to win yesterday. Nevertheless, we have an awful fixture list to get through in April when we play most of the Top clubs with some tricky away matches including relegation-threatened Leeds. We dont want to be going into those matches still in fear of relegation and we still need 11 points to reach the recognised safety level of 50 points.
I feel sorry for Steve, the calls for him to be sacked will only increase if we continue to not register a win and put some consistency into our game. We have to start playing the attractive football again that saw us attain dizzy heights before Christmas, a period which also saw the manager win a Manager of the Month Award ( with the in-built kiss of death)
Ade Akinbiyi and Andy Gray wil be the key to our success or failure and they simply have to return to form quickly. We badly need some goals to restore confidence although at least we have scored in the last two matches albeit not from our recognised strike pairing.
Date:Sunday February 18 2007
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