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Steele: Belief and Unity is Key

13 November 2012

Steele on key to bouncing back

Barnsley's number one says there's no point in dwelling on the negatives and it's a time to stand up and be counted as one.

The Reds suffered their fourth defeat on the spin on Saturday against Huddersfield, but goalkeeper Luke Steele is determined to help his side bounce back.

“Being together is so underrated," said Steele. "You’ve got to become friends and want to do it for each other. There are times we are home or away and losing, you have to dig out a result.”

“I think we can’t dwell on it. We can’t keep going over the negatives. We’ve got to work on the positives and improve. It’s belief. You can’t just give people belief, it’s something you’ve got to search for inside yourself. You’ve got to believe that you can turn teams over.

Asked what it would take to end the bad run, Steele stressed there’s no point hitting the panic button and that hard work will lift his side away from the danger zone. “It’s going to take hard work on the training pitch," he added.

"We’ve got plenty of time to turn it around and the gaffer’s spot on with what he’s said, it’s not a case of looking back at the last three games, it’s just one game and then move on and you focus on the next one. We’re above the relegation zone at the moment, you’ve got to take a positive maybe from that maybe. We’re not in the bottom three, we’re in the bottom four.

Support from the terraces was 'spot on' as Steele continued - insisting that he never expects anything from the supporters.

"Confidence in sport is the biggest subject that gets talked about. You can’t control confidence – if you could you’d be a millionaire because it’s the secret ingredient that makes an athlete, player, football, businessman or whatever." "The Barnsley fans were spot on - you can’t fault them, you can never fault them. I don’t expect anything from the fans. People may criticise and say there’s not enough or not loud enough. I never ever think like that. I mean, they’re paying to come to a sporting event. They don’t have to sing, be enthusiastic, but we’re getting paid to play. It’s our job and they expect a certain level. Performance comes before the crowd, it’s not the crowd and then performance. We’ve got to show positive performances and good play to get the crowd on their feet and applauding.

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