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We Can Turn This Around - Jennings

9 September 2014

Steven Jennings feels that the squad have to stick together and stay motivated during a poor run like Vale are on at this current time.


He feels that if they don’t, then a good run will never come,  but with the camaraderie the squad has they will be able to turn it around and go on a good run of results, starting on Saturday against Crewe Alexandra.


Talking to the press yesterday afternoon, Steve said: “If everyone’s down, it’s going to show on the pitch so I think you have to start as bright and chirpy as you can.


“People have bad runs, we’ve just got to turn that around. I know it’s an old cliché but I’m very comfortable we will, we have got the squad and players to do that.


“It’s a matter of when the penny drops and we go on a run and get some confidence.


“In all the games we’ve played, bar one or two, we’ve been in the game for long spells and certainly dominant in the majority of them.


“The manager told us that there’s not a lot wrong out there, it’s just a bit lackadaisical in one or two areas and patterns of play on the pitch.”


Steve feels that you can train as much as you want, but if something’s not right in the squad you can’t always fix it on the training pitch.


The only place you can really do that is in a real life game situation.


He said: “Just like in any sport, you can train for three or four months in boxing and get knocked out in the first round.


“You can’t train behind the scenes for what’s going to happen on the pitch, because every bounce is different.


“I know it’s four on the bounce now, but it’s about us sticking together. When the penny does drop, as I’ve said before, I’m looking forward to going on a run.


“It’s alright saying we’ve got a strong squad when we’re not getting the results on the pitch, the results have got to start coming and hopefully that will happen on Saturday.”


Steve feels that having a very competitive squad, where everyone is fighting for a first team spot, will only serve the team well when trying to get out of a poor run of form.


He explained: “We have to take one game at a time, we played Saturday and I don’t think we did too much wrong, so it’s down to the Gaffer now to see what he thinks is the best starting eleven for Saturday.


“It’s very competitive in the midfield area, there’s four central midfielders and there’s more or less a winger for each position now.


“I know everyone says it’s a cliché, but competition is healthy and it certainly is in our dressing room.


“Everyone wants to play, when he names the team on a Saturday you do see people looking disappointed which is only right.


“You’re not really meant to be happy when you’re not playing, but it is a good team spirit and everyone is behind each other so the results will come. “

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