We’re strong enough to deal with whatever comes at us
Our game tonight at Wolves brings the two managers together for the second time with home boss Gary O’Neil having been in charge of the Bournemouth side who were beaten by us in last season’s FA Cup third round.
O’Neil was surprisingly sacked by Bournemouth at the end of last season but moved into Wolves just ahead of the new season. Speaking today, following their defeat at Arsenal, he was asked about the difference between playing one of the Premier League’s top teams and then one close to the bottom.
“Burnley are a threat, you saw it at the weekend, scoring five goals in a Premier League game. Their forward players have some real good ability, so they’ll be a test and we need to be ready. We need to be as prepared to deal with difficult moments and make the most of our moments. It will be no different on our part.”
It was a relaxed Vincent Kompany who spoke to the media yesterday, just two days after the win against Sheffield United. “It shows just how quickly these things can go,” he said. “One minute you talk about negative records and all of a sudden, out of nothing, you’ve got this. But in the same way we dealt with the other side of it, I think we just move on to the next game now it’s done, but the lads deserved the performance and result, and they’ve got to believe they can do it again.”
“I just feel we’ve put in a lot of good performances recently. We’ve probably not had what we thought we deserved but it’s life, you don’t always get what you deserve, at least not immediately. We’re prepared to work for it, so mentally we’re strong enough to deal with whatever comes at us.
“I said to the guys before the game, I felt they were going to be celebrating on the day and their efforts, mental strength and determination, I didn’t know it but I felt it. After the game you can’t take for granted how much pressure are on games like that and on top of it with the lack of results. To start and finish the game like they did shows incredible strength to hit the reset button and go again. In terms of mindset and belief, it’s the mindset of an elite team to do what they did.”
Kompany made mention of some of the more experienced players in his squad and singled one out in particular for special praise. He said: “I think there’s still a reasonable balance in our squad, when you look at Browny because the Browny that was in the Premier League a couple of years ago is a couple of years older now so is more experienced. Browny, Guðmundsson, Jay Rodriguez, Charlie Taylor, so I do think there’s a balance.”
He said of Jay Rod: “At his age, to still link it with the physical output and the performance in a tough time to get goals, I’m not sure if he knew at his age that he’d still be scoring Premier League goals. In terms of talent, because I’ve played against him, the thing is he got injured in a game right in front of me when he had his big injury at the time at Southampton. I remember watching him, I remember playing against him, and he was one of England’s top talents in the front line, really he had everything. So I think some of the things people are seeing now might surprise people still at his age, but he’s an exceptional talent and we’re lucky to have him. We keep him fit and happy; it helps us.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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