We’re just staying steadfast in what we believe in
Burnley travel to Selhurst Park tomorrow where we will face a Crystal Palace side under the management of Patrick Vieira for the first time on our travels.
Vieira took over in the summer from now Watford boss Roy Hodgson with his side earning a point at the Turf from a 3-3 draw.
He’s explained this week the importance of the roles of each individual player alongside the formation they play. Having reverted to a two man midfield for their game against Chelsea, Vieira said: “This is the system we use really often. I always like to talk about animation more than the system.
“It is really important for the confidence. We didn’t have any doubt about what we wanted to do, and how we want to do it. We were quite pleased with the performances we had lately, but we were missing something. What we were missing was winning games, and scoring those goals that allowed us to complete matches. Against Watford we had a more complete game in a lot of areas and that is good. That challenge is to keep that momentum. We know how hard it is in the Premier League to win back-to-back matches, and we have to do that.”
He added: “(Burnley) are in a really good period. They won the last two games and didn’t concede a goal. They are a really strong team to play against, really organised and they don’t give you many chances.
“What will be really important for us is to play as well as we can. We know their strengths, we know where we can hurt them as well, so what will be really important is for us to respect our game plan, play with tempo and create chances.”
Looking at us in 18th place, he said: “The table is what it is but we don’t want to have a game plan regarding a team’s position. We have a really clear idea of how we want to play the game. It’s about expressing ourselves on the day, creating chances and taking our chances. We have to improve game after game, and I think we are in a really good place. Now what I want from the players is to keep that momentum going, to be clinical and to keep winning football matches.”
Sean Dyche has been impressed with how things have gone at Palace this season. He said: “Palace have done their recruitment right, their new manager has gone in there and organised it how he wants it, and they are looking like a decent outfit.
“He has adapted that group to the way that he wants it, they’ve been through a bit of a tough spell, but they got a result against Watford on Wednesday night and it’s changed the feel again.
“It’s not easy to blend a squad together, the manager is working hard, and his players have managed to do that well, so we have got to remember that they are a decent outfit. Our record at Palace is strong and over the last few years we have delivered some good performances down there. We have to go down there yet again with the right mentality and the right workload and work ethic of what we’ve delivered in the last few games to take them on, and we will.”
“We’re just staying steadfast in what we believe in, we take a few knocks and setbacks, but we have to stay steadfast for the staff and the players, and we need to be flexible enough to adapt to the challenges.
“The last two games particularly, with the quality of chances created and taking of chances, and defensively we are still showing a strong base in what we work from. I’ve always believed in what my players are doing and that we are going in the right direction, and I’ve always believed in that we are trying to get things right, and we have to keep fighting, but the belief is always there. We are where we are, and we’ve accepted that and the challenge of that.
“Three points can change the look, rhetoric and feel of a season, and then you get back to that underdog spirit and mentality, so we are seeing through all the noise, that’s what I’ve told my players to do, and they have done that over the past two games.
“Everyone has been working hard for their place and have been respectful to the side who have been playing. We’ve returned to the simplicity of our performances. Jack Cork has returned to it, Josh Brownhill looked very strong, Dwight McNeil looked strong again, and all of a sudden we’ve got a collective where more and more players are playing well again, off the back of our experiences in the division.
“We’re trying to get the process right, it’s taken a bit of time, but we have got to work hard this season to stay in the Premier League, but with players like Maxwel Cornet, Collo (Nathan Collins) and Connor Roberts coming in, just blending that newness and the edge of the younger players and their freedom of how they play.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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