Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross highlighted the importance of maintaining a good collective spirit heading into the final five games of the season.
Albion lie two points above the bottom three heading into Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Gross says it is vital not to dwell on previous bad results.
He said, “The Cardiff result wasn’t what we wanted, but we have five other big games left.
“We have a quick turnaround in games, so we have to stay positive, stick together and look forward to the next game.
“I think we have to defend better as a team and attack better as a team. We have to improve at both ends. When we concede a goal, you can’t just blame the defenders, and if we don’t score a goal, you can’t just blame the strikers. We have to play football as a team at both ends of the pitch.”
The German admits that Albion will be considered as the underdogs in some of their remaining matches of the season, but is refusing to write off any match as a chance to boost their survival prospects.
“You have a chance in every game, and we have a chance against Wolves. We also have a chance against Tottenham to pick up points as well.
“We have to stay positive and believe that we can pick up points in every game and we have to be as confident as possible.”
The midfielder also spoke about ignoring outside influences and explained that the manager’s opinion the one that really counts.
“I always try to hear what the gaffer says and close myself to what other people around me are saying.
“That’s not only the case when we lose, but also when we win too. People’s opinions are like a rollercoaster and I don’t go along with them.
“I try to stay on the same level, and I don’t think too negatively or positively.”