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"Good things will come out of adversity"

20 April 2016

Plans being prepared to 'build' squad during pivotal summer

"We’ve had two really tough seasons here now. But out of adversity, I’m sure good things will come," manager Brian McDermott said after Tuesday night's narrow defeat at home to promotion-chasing Hull.

"Over the last couple of years, this club hasn’t had a winning mentality, it’s obvious. Results tell you that. That’s where we are at this moment in time. But we’ve always had a winning mentality at this football club in the past and we’ve got to get that back. And that can start on Saturday at QPR.

"A couple of weeks ago we’d won two on the bounce, then all of a sudden we've lost four on the spin - when we should have got results in at least the last three. It’s tough for all of us in this horrible little run we're in.

"But we’ll come through this adversity and we’ll be stronger for it. We just have to stick together and keep going and get a result at QPR on Saturday."

McDermott is looking forward to a summer which he knows will be very important in the context of this club's aspirations for next season, adding "The summer is going to be pivotal for our club in terms of what we do.

"We’ve got to get to the summer, and do what we have to do – get a bunch of lads together who are going completely in the same direction, prepared to give us absolutely everything in each and every game, and start getting good results to get ourselves in the top six of this division.

"At the moment, with so many fixtures in this month, we have to just concentrate on the games. But we've got to build something in the summer. Look at Spurs the other night - the energy, the hunger, it was fabulous to watch. I’m not saying we’re going to do what Spurs have done - but we’ve built a squad here before and we need to do it again.

"After these last three games, we will talk together about how we want to build a team and a squad for next season. In the past, when we've done it successfully at this club, it has taken a bit of time - we added a couple here and there, we lost a few along the way too – but we do know how to build a squad here. And it's up to us to do it again."

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