PROGRESS is a wonderful thing and winning is a big part of it.
Playing well and improving your ongoing performances is another and in the long run it’s very probably a more significant description of progress than even those short-term gains, because if you improve your overall performance invariably a string of good results will follow.
The most difficult aspect of progress to understand is that of lessons learned from games, no matter how good the performance and how positive the result.
That said, on many occasions not every win is delivered by a superb performance, and not every defeat is the result of a poor performance.
After Saturday’s initial emotional response to a result, we viewed the game and the players’ contributions with a far more objective eye.
Why? Because it will allow you to make better decisions in the future, either as a player, coach or manager.
There’s always something to learn from a game, either from the standpoint of what gets rewarded or gets you punished.
We played some wonderful possession football at Crewe without maybe making and taking the chances we should have with that much quality ball.
We showed an excellent degree of composure and professional patience, but on the other hand, as the game progressed, a mindset of greater risk and urgency might have brought greater reward.
We will learn from that and will adjust our team play accordingly.
We know we must capitalise on our possession, and kill teams off when we’re dominating games.
We must strive to cut back on personal errors. Improvements in this area, and in capitalising on our possession, as mentioned before, will directly affect how soon we bring success to the Galpharm.
The processes we’re putting in place will allow that success. But that effect takes time to become habitual.
We will continue to work on those habits daily and expect a transformation to become evident.
Even the not so good teams are capable of punishing errors and mistakes in the last third of the pitch.
Crewe had an exceptional game in front of goal, and I think it’s safe to assume that if they were generally that clinical, their league position would look a lot more healthy. Their teams are always well schooled and prepared so a decent performance is always on the cards from them.
This season has been a particular challenge, but I’m sure they’ll pull clear of the relegation zone.
Our lads have worked hard on the training field once again this week, and are looking forward to our game at Stockport tomorrow.
I hear we’ve sold out our ticket allocation, which is brilliant!
Seeing a full stand filled with our supporters at Crewe was very special. Thanks so much!
Once again the lads will be giving their all for the Huddersfield cause and to make your journey home a far more comfortable one than last week!
Quote of the week:
“Never stop trying to be as good as you can be and never feel you’ve done enough in any given environment.”
Onwards and upwards and see you all on Tuesday night, when we play Colchester at home.