Date:Monday March 5 2007
Steve continues to be upbeat and taking heart from the positives in the Palace match despite the team now going 16 matches without a League win.
Really this is all that we should be doing fans, manager and team alike. Positivity will see us through this lean time. Some fan's demands for the manager to go without seeing the obvious improvements in performance are negative and will do far more damage to confidence and make the task more difficult. Of course its not easy and you can understand the frustrations of the fans.
I refuse to believe however that this team when firing on all cylinders is not capable of beating any club in this division on its day. That was proved in the first part of this season with a Top 6 place for most of August-November 06. Those players are in the main still with us and they have been supplemented by signings in the January window for the first time in many a season.
We just need to continue the signs of improvement and not let our heads drop even more (including for that matter the fans)
Both Ade Akinbiyi and Andy Gray showed signs of returning to their former glory yesterday but are still some way off from peak perfection. It was so good to see Ade though come up to the Longside to the cheering fans after getting that peach of an equaliser!
Steve says of Ade and Andy:
'I thought that was Ade's best game today. There were no lost causes, which is what we have learned to expect from him.
'Hopefully now, that will kick start him again and we need him to build on that.'
'I thought Andy Gray did well too, certainly for the first hour until the soreness in his foot kicked in.
'It would have been ideal if the two of them could have scored, but what has happened is they have both been thrown in to play with each other because needs must.'
Our manager goes on to discuss the game and the disappointment of not registering our first win in 16 matches
'We are disappointed with the draw because I think we did enough to win the game.
'The goal we conceded is a major disappointment. But those involved showed good character in us getting a result today, albeit not a win.
'In the second half they didn't really trouble us, other than maybe on the break. Other than that I think we were pretty much in control of the game and perhaps we could have done better with our efforts.
'When you are a team who is not winning, it's hard for everything to just drop into place.
'That was a decent Crystal Palace side, but we were the better team and it's disappointing not to come away with the three points.'
He added: 'We are getting better, but the trouble is everyone wants that overnight.
'We are trying to do that as soon as we possibly can, but if we had take one of those second half chances we would have been sat here discussing a win.'
It is a very frustrating time at the Club especially for the manager. Its a torrid time for the fans too with little to cheer about. However we have to remain positive.
Nothing ever comes of negativity and depression and we have to take comfort from the obvious signs of improvement over the last few matches. That elusive win will surely come soon and that could be the kick-start we need.
We now have a break to take stock since the Plymouth match has been put back due to their FA Cup exploits. Lets hope the team can maintain the current momentum and continue to improve.
The next chance will be a week next Tuesday when we face Southend away. A win there will certainly steady the nerves. Come on you Clarets!!
Date:Monday March 5 2007
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