House That Jack Built

With the international break almost over, Adam Matthews has been chatting about life under Jack Ross and the former Celtic man certainly paints a positive picture.

“He’s been brilliant. I think we’ve got a togetherness which we haven’t had for a long time,” said Matthews. “We all get on, I’m not saying we didn’t get on off the field last season, but I think we’ve got a stronger bond this season. All the coaching staff have been brilliant and it does feel like a new club. He wants us to train like we play so it’s shorter times, but more intensity and I think that shows on the pitch. We’ve looked a lot fitter than we did last season and I think at the end of the games we always look like the team that’s going to score. That’s good, because if we’re not playing well we’ve always got the last 20 minutes to try to get a goal. I don’t think we’ve played our best this season yet. We have a lot more to give and even in the games we’ve drawn, we should have won really. We’ve given away a couple of sloppy goals so if we can tighten that up I’m sure we can go on a very, very long run and win loads of games. That’s our goal. We signed a lot of players in the summer and basically had a whole new back four. It is going to take time to gel and I think, especially the last couple of games, we looked really good. I think we’re starting to gel as a back unit and a team so hopefully we can keep that going. We had a big overhaul of players so it’s going to take time, but if you look at the start to the season, we’ve only lost one game. Most teams would take that. Obviously we would have liked a bit more than what we have, but the performances in those draws give us encouragement. If we can tighten it up at the back we’re always going to score goals with the players we’ve got so hopefully we can go on a run.”