Terry McDermott has talked to the Evening Chronicle today and says training over the last two weeks has taken place with the players in good spirits.
Keegan and McDermott – looks like somebody did something dumb
Terry told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“If the mood is anything to go by, the Man United game is one that everyone is looking forward to.â€ â€œIâ€™ve been pleasantly surprised by the spirit in the camp. I was saying to Arthur Cox that the atmosphere has been first class.â€
â€œThe lads have been battered and bruised in the last month because results havenâ€™t gone our way.â€ â€œWeâ€™ve played well in some games but got nothing.â€
â€œAt Arsenal in the FA Cup we played very well in the first half and got nothing.â€ â€œThen at Aston Villa played well and got nothing. We havenâ€™t been able to sustain it when weâ€™ve played well.”
â€œAnd weâ€™ve been badly beaten sometimes, which has possibly been undeserved.â€ â€œThatâ€™s happened in those two examples â€“ 3-0 and 4-1 â€“ and it probably wasnâ€™t deserved, but thatâ€™s what happened.”
â€œIt hurt the lads, but the reaction has been fantastic.â€
â€œAnd no matter what people think, players do care because they have pride about themselves.â€ â€œIt was hard to stomach, but they have been great.â€
â€œThe atmosphere has changed and the mood has been very good in a week of a big game coming up.â€ â€œThe players have had a smile on their faces and they are laughing and joking.â€
â€œBut they are well aware that they have to get a good result. We want them to be laughing, but we want them to get results as well.â€
We’re glad to hear that and it starts to look like the lads may be up for the game tomorrow, which would be excellent. But only a couple of days ago Terry said the following:
“Confidence is not great at the moment,” “How can it be? Confidence comes from winning football games and we haven’t been doing that lately.â€“It will come back though.”
We’re not being critical – just that things couldn’t have changed in the confidence level over the last two days. But maybe confidence and good spirits aren’t the same thing?
But hey, enough of this, we’re really pleased to hear the lads are in good spirits. If there is one thing we can say about the vast majority of our players this season, it’s that they are good guys, and extremely good professionals. Well, at least most of them are. 😀
We’re really looking forward to the game tomorrow, and if we can get anything out it at all, that would be just great.
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