ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
Teemu Tainio firmly believes that our Premier League fortunes will be on an upward curve the more new Head Coach Juande Ramos implements his ideas in the coming weeks.
Teemu Tainio firmly believes that our Premier League fortunes will be on an upward curve the more new Head Coach Juande Ramos implements his ideas in the coming weeks.The Ramos reign got underway on Monday and a first win was secured on Wednesday against Blackpool in the Carling Cup. We now head to Middlesbrough for Saturday's league contest at the Riverside stadium, before the challenge of securing a first UEFA Cup Group Stage victory against Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Teemu's first impressions of the new man are positive ones and he suspects style will be added to substance once a few victories are banked and confidence grows.
"Of course it is hard to know everything when you have only been together for three or four days, but it is everyone's dream to start with a win," reasoned the Finn. "You could tell straight away that he has a good philosophy on football, he knows exactly what he wants to do. We have to learn that and when we do we will get good results.
"He wants to build the confidence of the team to get the victories, we need the points and style is not yet that important. Once we get some points everything will get better.
"Every coach has their own style on the training pitch with exercises but, in the end, football is the same for everybody - you have to try and score goals and not concede."
Teemu was introduced to the Blackpool encounter at right back, with perhaps Juande recalling that he featured in that position against Sevilla in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals last season.
"I know, I have now played right back twice in competitive games! It is not my best position, but it is nice to play anywhere when you win," added the midfielder, who knows that points will have to be fought for against a Boro side just one place above ourselves in the Premier League standings.
"Middlesbrough is usually a very tough place to go and they haven't started strongly and need the points as well. It will be a battle and I think we will need to be ready for the physical side."