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Talking Points: Cliff Byrne Press Conference

31 October 2019
Assistant Head Coach Cliff Byrne spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Here are the key points from his pre-match press conference:

On the importance of the fans…
It makes a huge difference to see the numbers of fans that were in the stands for the Derby game last weekend. With that being the case, it was important that the players put in a performance, especially with it leading into an important week for the Club with it being half term. It’s been a great week of interaction with the fans and all the events have been really enjoyable.

Last Tuesday’s open training session was a great day and it was nice to give the fans a bit of insight into what we do on a day-to-day basis. Hopefully, the fans enjoyed the occasion and the kids enjoyed being out on the pitch. It could only be a great day though if the fans took part the way they did. They queued up for the signing session and waited patiently.

Everybody plays a role though – it’s not just the players, the management or the club – it really was a team effort and everyone played their part on what was a fantastic day. It was great to see and hopefully, they’ll come to games in the future to get behind the team. We believe the fans can play a massive, massive role.

On the West Brom ticket offer…
It’s brilliant that it has come so soon after the original offer. Sometimes with initiatives like this, you do it every now and again but it’s a great reaction from the Club and the owners. Credit to everyone involved and hopefully, we can see the same number of fans come through the turnstiles for the game against West Brom.

On team news…
We have no new injury concerns – none that I’m aware of anyway. Everyone has a clean bill of health that played last week. I think it might be too soon for Norbert (Balogh). He’s not reacted to the treatment as well as we would’ve hoped, so that may put him back another week or so. It’s one we’re looking on a day-to-day basis and the physios are right on top of that. Norbert will be fit and ready when the medical department signs him off. We’re pleased to have a fit and healthy squad at our disposal. We’ve got good options throughout the squad.

On Fulham…
They like to get the ball down and play free-flowing attacking football. They’ve got many, many threats that we’ll work on but the focus will be massively on us. We’ll be focusing on what we want to do and how we see opportunities to go and win the game present themselves. I don’t think it (Fulham being in the Premier League last season) brings any more pressure. It’s a game of football that we’re looking to find a way to win and it’s no different to last week or next week. We can’t look too much into form, they’ve got a terrific group of players at Fulham and we know we need to be on our game.

On contracts…
That’s in the hands of the football club. It’s an ongoing process and we’re pleased with that. The focus from the coaching staff is always on what’s on the grass. We just focus on getting the players on the grass, working with them on a day-to-day basis to improve and preparing them to win games.