Monday, 1 March 2010

Barry's press conference

A few interesting points to come out of Gareth Barry's speaking to the Monday papers after the game.

First this on Bridge:

‘Being the person Wayne is, he didn’t want to rub anything in,’ said team-mate Gareth Barry. ‘He kept his emotions to himself and his performance was brilliant.

'He kept his cool and played a great game. A lot of people felt sorry for Wayne and we’ve all got behind him. It’s helped galvanise the club.’

This on Tévez:

“I think he’s in the Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba bracket,” Barry said of his team-mate. “He’s got all the potential. His goals this season and the way he has lead the line on his own have been brilliant.”

This on Bellamy:

“Everyone knows there was a little argument between Craig and the manager,” he said.

“They are both winners and both want it their way and that is maybe good for the team. The talk of unrest has got blown out of proportion. If Craig is arguing with someone around the club it’s normal. Just because it was with the manager it probably got blown out of proportion.”

This on momentum:

“I think we got under Chelsea’s skin,” Barry said. “Once they went 2-1 down and to ten men, they were always going to be chasing the game and that’s when you can lose your head, so it was important we stayed strong. Ballack made a tackle he probably normally wouldn’t make.

“We looked at that [Chelsea’s possible susceptibility out wide] before the game, the space that is created in front of the full backs and behind sometimes, because their midfield play very narrow.

“We’ll only have ourselves to blame if we can’t come off the back of a result like this and go into the next games with confidence, but it’s set up nicely now to finish the season strongly.”

If Barry can play like he did in the second half for the rest of the season we've got a decent shot at fourth.

2 comments:

Blue Phoenix - Moving on up! said...

I'm all for galvanising the squad since with the quality we have we should be able to beat most teams in the league on most occasions.

The timing of the Bridge event has helped pull us closer together and working toward the same goal.

Hopefully that galvanising effect will allow us to every game until the end of the season.

I see no reason why we can't and it is our best chance of a top 4 finish as you can bet Liverpool or Spurs will win the majority of if now all of their games.

Well done WB for a great performance under that pressure and well done for keeping your head screwed on.

Hopefully now the squad are all behind the manager and behind each other 100%.

We are now the only team with an unbeaten home records, lets keep it that way.

Bring on the good times!

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