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|Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:03 am Post subject: The derby will be a huge physical
|The derby will be a huge physical
Selhurst Park is always a tricky place to go and we have been preparing for more of the same when we travel there for a crucial game on Saturday afternoon. It’s not the same as Manchester City’s “once in a lifetime” chance to win the Premier League title against their city rivals but http://www.authenticstarsstore.com/-21-antoine-roussel-jersey_c-450.html if either we or Crystal Palace take three points from the match it will go a long way to keeping us up this season.
Yes, bragging rights are important for both sets of fans but there is so much more than that on the line and just walking around the streets of Brighton this week – whether doing the weekly shop or filling up the car at the local petrol station – I have not been able to avoid having a conversation about the history and dislike between the two clubs and how good it would be to go there and grab a crucial win inside “the lion’s den”.
I have been asked throughout my career what makes a derby match so special and if it is really that different for players playing in them in comparison to “just another game”.Are you the type of player who will not only show physical bravery to win headers and tackles but also have the courage, confidence and pride in your ability to take the ball, make angles to receive possession and take the extra touch rather than hiding behind your opposite number and lumping the ball forward with Johan Franzen Authentic Jersey the fear of making a crucial mistake in a derby too much to handle?
Pressure in big games – and how you deal with it – exposes the kind of character you are. Some players would rather not risk the inevitable criticism from their own fans if they make a bad error, and choose instead to steer clear of Sheldon Richardson Jersey the ball and have no impact Corey Linsley Womens Jersey on the game. I’ve witnessed that attitude countless times and it’s worse than the player who is willing to be positive and play their natural game, even if they do make a costly mistake; as a player those are the types of characters you want to have on your side and they are who you need to win a derby match – especially away from home.
Many pundits, coaches and supporters talk about the supposed statistical advantage of playing at home, http://www.officialhornetsproshop.com/authentic-15-percy-miller-jersey.html especially in derby matches, but for me the answer is simple: it is 11 human beings playing a sport against 11 others and, with tens of thousands of supporters abusing you and willing you to fail because you’re an away-team player, it takes a person with an incredibly strong sense of personality, self-belief and http://www.lionsofficialfootballauthentic.com/Darren_Fells_Jersey borderline arrogance to be able to perform at a level that is sufficient to help their team to an away win.
I have confidence and belief that all of my team-mates have these qualities but the honest answer is that I won’t know until 5pm on Saturday afternoon if we have achieved our goal, despite has been required from us as individual players to get ourselves mentally ready for a fast, physical, emotional match while being able to focus on the task at hand as well as not being caught out in that first 20 minutes when the tempo of the game will be at its maximum.