Finally reaping the benefits.
That seems to be the message that Pep Clotet wanted to get across after his side’s recent upturn in form with victories over Nottingham Forest and Bristol City after what was a very disappointing run of results over Christmas and New Year.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s match against Barnsley, the Spaniard pointed out that the reason things have started to look better for the Blues is down to the hard work the club has been doing on the training ground:
“It’s a very good moment, in our eyes it is a reward for all the work we put in under very difficult circumstances during Christmas. At that time, we started to identify things we needed to be much better at. We have worked a lot since then to get out and improve those details and fine-tune a few details. We have much more control in our performances now – and we had the reward of getting some deserved results.”
Which is all well and good to hear.
However, it’s no good saying all these things just to then end up crashing back down to earth later in the year by playing down to the competition and going through another slump, starting with tonight’s game against a struggling Barnsley side. These are the games that have caught the Blues up at stages this season, such as the two defeats to Wigan Athletic, so we need to make sure that we’re at our best.
Whilst the team have got themselves a little bit of breathing space from the relegation zone, with the gap at eleven points, we can’t afford to get too complacent when it comes to results, because one bad run and all of a sudden we might have to start looking over our shoulders again.
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The sooner we can get ourselves totally clear of danger, the sooner we can start looking ahead to next season, which as I’ve said before will be the real test of how well run this club can be and when we’ll really get to see what Clotet is made of.