Date: 17th September 2019 at 7:00am
Written by: Mark Day

Perhaps the international break was the best thing that could have happened for Clotet.

A solid week of working with the players and getting his methods across. Low and behold we get a victory away from home to a team near the top of the table in the first game back.

I think it’s fair to say that Pep Clotet hasn’t had the best of times when it comes to how the fans have treated him so far this season. Some of the criticism has been warranted I grant you, such as after the displays against Nottingham Forest and Swansea City. However, I’ve always maintained that he deserves a bit of slack from the supporters, because of the restraint that he’s under after last year’s Financial Fair Play situation, and that the club weren’t exactly expected to do much this season from certain parts of the media.

However, I think that this could be a real turning point in the season. Now that we’ve shown that we can grind out a result against a team that are flying high in the league, and that we can do it our way, we shouldn’t be as scared against teams from here on out. The manager himself said it perfectly.

Speaking to after the game, Pep Clotet spoke about the team’s performance on the day and how the team were able to play their own game:

“It’s a massive step forward for us, because for the result and a second away win against an in-form side it makes it more special. We knew we would have to do everything right, all the attitude from my players had to be right. We managed to be very strong defensively, we were able to stamp our football on the pitch which is what we set out to do.”

Now whilst it is only one result, it is a step in the right direction after a couple of weeks of football that didn’t get the fans excited. Now let’s hope that we can carry that on against Preston and start to put a nice little run together.

What about you? Do you think that this game can be seen as a ‘turning ‘point’ in the season? Or do you think there’s still a little bit of work that needs to be done before we get to that stage?

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