Phil Brown is working his magic at Preston, Stephen Bradshaw likes the change, and now wants the points.
Brown changes attitudes, but now needs points
Just 25 days separated our 3-1 home defeat by Middlesbrough and our 1-1 away draw this week. In that short time performance, confidence and the general atmosphere around the club have undergone a complete turnaround.
It was a sorry display on 28th December which resulted in the sacking of Darren Ferguson and I think that the general opinion is that, if he had still been manager, we would have lost the last two matches instead of grinding out two well earned draws.
OK, yes we do need more than a point a game to ensure survival in the Championship, but I look at a point at home against a strong side like Leicester and a point away from a team who had so recently overrun us as two very good points.
Phil Brown has what he has to work with. Even if he can bring in a few more bodies before the close of the transfer window, he will have most of the current squad to work with. So it's all about changing attitudes and beliefs and getting 10% more out of each and every player.
He oozes positivity in his interviews and this has gone down well with the fans. It is noticeable that the talk has swung heavily from that of impending relegation to one of considerable belief that we will move up the table to safety.
It's so good to hear that Brown is bringing in a few people to help out on a part time basis. Alan Kelly Jnr has been helping coach the goalkeepers - with his family goalkeeping history and his Preston roots, this is a good move. Mick Rathbone will be a real positive influence around Deepdale - a great favourite here as a player and then physio, he will do his utmost to help keep the boys in a confident mood.
Scunthorpe away next week. Our home game was a defeat, a typical Ferguson collapse. This game, against the team directly above us at the bottom of the Championship, is a MUST win. I mean this points wise of course - they are 3 points above us, but have a game in hand, and we cannot afford that gap to widen.
But, much more importantly, we must win this to further boost the players' belief that survival is a real possibility. A defeat or a draw would be a setback and would let in thoughts of doubt. I feel that this match is very winnable.