It was certainly a low point to the season so far when we were beaten bu Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night 1-0, but we cannot have our players feel sorry for themselves if they are to turn this dreadful run of results around.
It´s been a nightmare start to the season for Steve McClaren but after the first five games in all competitions we showed promise.
A dejected Gini Wijnaldum after the game on Wednesday
But we have lost the last three games against weaker opposition and played poorly in each game and deserved to lose.
The Arsenal game was the last game in which the lads put in an acceptable performance on the field.
Gini Wijnaldum has leadership skills and he has said this after the let down on Wednesday night:
“I think the attitude has to change – we must stay positive because if we don’t stay positive it is going to go wrong, but we need men now out on the field right now.”
“Players must want to work hard and give everything to get a good result.” “On top of that I think we must play free.”
“Sometimes I have the idea that we play with a lot of pressure on us because the results are not going well but we must play free because then it is going to get better.”
“I’m going to stay positive and I hope the rest of the team is going to stay positive also.” “Besides we must work hard and go on and, as I say, play free.”
“I think that we must be more brave,” “The things that we can control – we can control our performance so we must work hard to make that good.”
“But in the difficult times you have in football when it’s not always going good and especially at the moment when it is not going well we must play free and show our quality.”
“I think we have quality but we’re not showing it at the moment.” “I think we must work hard on the field and as I say play free and make things happen on the field.”
Every game is a huge opportunity to turn this thing around, and while it seems extremely unlikely can you imagine what it would be like tomorrow night if we can get a win against Chelsea?
That would be our fourth successive win in this fixture, going back to when we took them apart 3-2 in early February of 2013 when Moussa Sissoko got two goals.
So it must be possible.