The experience that Sam Allardyce can call on from during his management career is sure to play a part in a game that will include the kind of nerves, tension and excitement he has been used to over the years.
This weekend’s game against Hull City will be one that the manager and players will be looking to deliver the result needed and the boss believes being able to call on his experience in these pressure games will come in useful but is also keen for his players to approach their latest encounter with the right mental attitude.
Since taking charge of The Eagles the manager has introduced Psychologist, Lee Richardson, and the sessions that he has had with players could prove vital going into this game as the players positive frame of mind will be key in this important encounter.
“The mental side of is one of the biggest things as to whether you succeed or fail, your football intelligence on the day decides whether you are going to play well or not. Physically at this stage of the season they are fit enough and if they hold it together mentally and drive themselves on, stay positive they will deliver the best performance they can,” said Allardyce as he looked ahead to the clash with The Tigers.
The match may have plenty of media attention because of what is at stake but Allardyce has been keen not to push too much extra information onto them than in a normal week.
“You can get them too anxious talking about this particular game too much, our job is to keep them calm and really there is no need for any motivation due to the size of the game so we need to get them in a nice frame of mind so they are ready to go on the pitch and deliver.”
The manager knows what is expected of the players and he hopes that his experience of these type of games can help play its part during the afternoon when the time arrives to make those vital calls from the home dugout.
“The players by this stage of the season should know what is needed because we have been going through what we want from them since I have been here in December and it should only need gentle reminders from me on how to approach the game. My experience in the past with these kind of situations helps me with the players and making the right decisions on the day. As a manager you are there to make changes if you feel they are necessary and hopefully my experience will give me the knowledge or the feeling to do that.
“In the end though it’s about the players giving their best performance and hopefully on Sunday that starts from the first whistle through to the last one.”