Manager Russell Slade has said that the overall performance we put in against Wolverhampton Wanderers shows the strides that the side have made so far this season and now that we have the first victory under our belts, he expects it to lift everyone and cause further improvements in our play.
Speaking to Wales Online following the game, the gaffer was in defiant mood admitting that many thought he’d have been long gone from the club by now, but he feels people can see the hard work he’s put in starting to pay off now.
‘Everybody thought I`d be down the road by the end of August but we`re in good shape. We were desperate for that first win in the league because we think we’ve made a good start. We felt we could have won against Fulham but that draw put pressure on us for the two away games that followed. We earned a 2-2 draw at QPR and then had to earn another solid point at Blackburn. But this was the game. We are in quite a good place now. We are making progress.’
With loan signing Sammy Ameobi coming on and getting his first goal for the club, he obviously came in for praise.
‘He is still trying to get up to full speed, but we were given a little clip of what he is all about. It was a fantastic goal. That will spur him and give him momentum. He`s a great boy and has mixed in really well since arriving from Newcastle.’
In further quotes carried by the same paper, Slade went on to talk about the structure in the side now where players have really taken on board what he wants them doing and how to play and people are showing they know their jobs now and that’s one of the reasons performances have been more solid from us.
As for the injury to Kenwyne Jones, he confirmed his ankle was sore but he’d be assessed properly on Monday and then we’ll know how long he’ll be out for or if he’ll even be out.
He did however add that Jones wasn’t going to last the 90 minutes anyway so the substitution had been planned, but he hadn’t planned on making it that early.
Joe Ralls also came in for praise.
‘Some people have opinions on where Joe Ralls should play, but he`s effective where he is on the left of midfield. Ralls is clever, gets on the ball, gets into central areas. He is creative, while he has an ability to not only provide goals, but score goals getting into box. He links with his buddy Joe Mason really well. The signs are good, Ralls has established himself a little more. I gave him a shirt number and put a smile on face. He has done well.’
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