The Saints assistant manager has insisted that his team is improving their game and praised the players for their hard work in the recent weeks.
are currently in 18th place of thePremier League
table with 11 points from 15 matches. The team has been unbeaten in their past four games but all these matches have ended in draws. The Saints’ Saturday clash againstSouthampton
ended in a 0-0 result but the Cottagers were lucky as two goals by Shane Long and Theo Walcott were ruled out by VAR. Despite the team’s presence in the relegation zone,
believes that they are on the right track.
“We were playing against a very good side today… what they do is they press you and we knew that five or six players would come and close us down.
“It creates players who are brave on the ball and we work the ball out wide and we got the ball into some very good areas so like I say the final piece of the jigsaw is sticking the ball in the net.
“But my glass is always half full and I would say that four games unbeaten is… compared to the start of the season that we had… we’re going in the right direction.
“The most important thing is the attitude, the application of the players is absolutely spot on. The work rate of the players in the last few games has been outstanding.”
The team’s manager Scott Parker was not able to accompany his team for the match due to a positive COVID-19 test but Gray believes that his absence has not influenced the Saints’ performance.
“We did a meeting with the players through the computer, the gaffer spoke to the players at half-time, and then he was on the phone so we were obviously making decisions and when he wanted substitutes made as well,” said Gray.
“But the players are well organised and well drilled and they knew what the game plan was and credit to them.”