After our brilliant campaign last year and our move into the Olympic Stadium, the expectations of fans this season can only be seen as a positive. It’s always good as a player to feel like you can do better than the previous season and with the signings we made, before the injuries hit us hard, you could argue we were in a good position.
But looking at the outlay of the other clubs this season and you start to look at the sides you’d expect to be up near the top and the players they’ve brought, they must surely be fighting for a Champions League spot come May.
Once you start reeling off a few names, like the Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, it’s going to be tough for us to get into the top seven or eight. Moving into the new stadium was always going to raise expectations and it was so important to beat Bournemouth aft er losing at Chelsea and ahead of our visit to Manchester City to stop everyone becoming nervous.
As for our trip to the Etihad, it could have been a lot worse for us. They were on fire in the first 25 minutes and we started far too slowly in comparison. We just couldn’t get our foot on the ball but to come away losing 3-1, with a much improved second half performance, wasn’t too bad in the end.