Date: 29th January 2013 at 4:35pm
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Is there something of a negative attitude emanating from the camp?

Have recent events only served to highlight that excuses are being sought for below-par-performances?

Or is it simply that we`re all becoming a little paranoid?

Following the recent 2-2 draw at Brentford, a result that saw us lucky to escape with a replay, Gary Cahill has commented on the tiredness factor kicking in, remarking to the media,

“There are so many games, it feels like we`re just recovering for one day and then we`re playing again.”

“We haven`t got enough time to do our recovery work and sometimes we feel leggy, which was definitely the case at Brentford.”

“We were just off the pace and really sloppy. We had to dig deep to grind out a draw. It`s not ideal we`ve got another game but that`s the way it is.”

“The character we showed proves we are playing for the manager. He is under pressure but we have grafted out a result in horrible conditions.”

The pitch may well have been a great leveler, especially the sandy bit, but tomorrow night, at Reading, could well be another acid test!