George Parris: Irons must take positives from decent Anfield show

Our performance up at Anfield last month shows what can be done with a positive mindset.

After the run of games we’ve had and disappointing results that we’ve had, we should take all the positives from our defeat against Liverpool, which could so nearly have been a draw.Surely that level of performance and desire to make something happen needs to be the blueprint for the rest of our games this season because we need to win games if we want to stay in this division.

After the Man City game, I was pleasantly surprised but I think it was because of the Man City game that the players thought they may as well go for it in the Liverpool game. I spoke previously about stats being spun anyway you like but Man City’s Rodri completing more passes than the entire West Ham team speaks volumes of our day in Manchester.

On paper we are now not going to have harder games than Man City and Liverpool away. Liverpool are flying at the top of the league so every other game between now and the end of the season will be easier than that. There is no reason why we can’t replicate the Liverpool performance and win games.

We’ve got a tough run of games coming up against Wolves, Chelsea and Spurs but there’s no reason why we can’t pick up points. Wolves will be a hard game but they have played a lot more games than us this season and I think they have performed above expectation – we must target this game with us being at home.

Both Chelsea and Tottenham are London derbies and I always say in these games, form goes out the window. We’ve probably not had as good a chance as this to do the double over Chelsea and with Spurs’ injuries to the likes of Kane, we’ve probably got a good chance against them too.

It’ll be interesting to see how we shape up for these games.

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