Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak has admitted that the side have wobbled in recent matches as our winning streak came to an end, but he insists confidence remains high and everyone is focused on returning to winning ways in this weekend’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday.
With a defeat to Fulham and a less than stellar showing against Preston North End in midweek, concerns have obviously returned amongst the fanbase as performances have clearly dipped and we have ‘creativity’ issues with Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah missing through injury.
With nobody in the current crop stepping up to fill that gap, a perceived switch back to defensive ways by manager Steve Bruce, and the lack of a gamble on somebody like Callum O’Hare to provide that spark, fans are again somewhat polarised on where we go from here.
Is Lewis Grabban the answer to feed Scott Hogan with everyone else struggling, should we simply accept this division causes wobbles and even Wolverhampton Wanderers have begun dropping points and on the other side, Brucie made positive changes early on against Preston so have faith he’ll make the right changes moving forward.
You wouldn’t expect the players to be having chats like that, that’s the remit of a fan, but Jedinak has insisted that confidence remains high and the lads are buoyant despite our two recent results and he’s confident that the second half showing against Preston will see us return to winning ways sooner rather than later.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to preview the game, Jedinak was unconcerned and he felt given the poor and slow nature of the start to Preston, we had to look at it as a good point and ensure we began games as we began the second period.
Even then he had to admit the second half was merely better, it was less than perfect, but a number amongst us will have thought that’s the kind of game we’d have lost previously, and we could’ve nicked it whether we deserved to or not.
‘We got the point and could have perhaps had all three at the end with Keinan Davis’ chance. But all things considered, we take the point and look to build again on Saturday and recapture our form of the last few months. Spirits remain high in camp. It’s never nice when winning runs come to an end but it’s up to us how we bounce back and perform for the rest of the season now.’
During the winning run, plenty commented that it would end and we’d have struggles so what was important was how we responded to those knocks, and the second half Preston showing was a reaction. Fulham will go quickly out of our minds if we have a better reaction this weekend and take all three points from a struggling Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite their form, their quality hasn’t disappeared after successive Play Off battles in recent years themselves, and Jedinak was quick to point to the fact that we had to keep our focus and not be complacent owing to their run of late as if we don’t have the right attitude we won’t get what we want from the match.
‘I remember watching our match against them earlier in the season and it was obviously a tough result. It’ll be difficult again on the weekend but we’ve got to try and get our winning form back. We have confidence in ourselves. The last two results haven’t gone our way but it won’t take long to put those right again.’
All it takes in 90 minutes…let’s perform for all of them and not just 45 and start a second unbeaten run.
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