Three wins from our first four Premier League games is testament to the hard work we’ve put in so far this season, and I’m delighted for the players, my coaching staff and, of course, our supporters.
It’s important we enjoy the victories when they come along, as we know how hard they are to come by at this level, but there’s also a sense of realism to be found at the training ground.
We’re all aware of the high quality of opposition that exists in the Premier League and the fine margins that exist in every game. We won’t be getting carried away, but at the same time can be pleased with a good start.
The Everton game, last time out at the Amex, was evidence of the difficulties we can expect when we’re up against a team on top form. I don’t think anyone in the stadium that day can deny that the visitors deserved their victory. While we had already beaten Burnley and Watford, it was a clear reminder that we are still evolving, still learning and we have to be at our best to reach the levels we are capable of.
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It was pleasing to bounce back from that defeat, and on the back of an international break, with a 1-0 win at Brentford last weekend. It was a tough game for us, as we expected, so to come away with three points and a clean sheet was a really pleasing aspect – but we also know that we have some work to do. Our following was excellent, and I was delighted that all those in the away end enjoyed the occasion. Thank you for the support – the atmosphere was brilliant.
It is no secret that I am a big admirer of Brendan Rodgers. What he has achieved, not only during his time at Leicester but throughout his managerial career, has been fantastic and he has an impressive CV. To be consistently pushing for European qualification places and win The FA Cup and Community Shield this year is testament to his ability and the club’s ambitions – not to mention the quality he has in his team.
I was impressed with their performance against Manchester City last week; they were unlucky not to get more from the game, and we have to be aware they will be looking to put that right this afternoon.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our under-18s, under-23s and women’s first team, who all won last weekend, making it a memorable few days for the club.
I was at the Amex to witness the U23s' win against Blackburn last Friday night and was impressed by the performance in what has been an excellent start to the season.
Our U18s also performed well at home, beating Norwich City, while on Sunday, Hope Powell’s team recorded their biggest WSL victory – a 5-0 defeat of Birmingham City to go top of the table.
Congratulations to everyone involved.