Midfielder Nico Yennaris spoke to iFollow recently about the upcoming international break. The 24-year-old covered the season so far, Middlesbrough away and the upcoming chance for a rest.
“It’s probably been the same message most weeks,” said Nico. “It’s been a top performance or a very good performance and we’ve either come away with two points dropped or three points dropped.
"I think the performances have been there, it’s been unfortunate on some occasions that we haven’t come away with more points. We’d like to have more points on the board but it’s a frustrating one, we’re sitting in the changing room looking at each other thinking what more could we do?
"It is what is it, we keep going, the season’s still rolling and I’m sure there are more wins to come.”
Nico did admit that he was happier with the way the team have been unbeaten in their last few matches, he also touched on taking a leadership role as captain on a few ocassions.
“At the beginning of the season, I think we conceded nine goals in three games or whatever it was. Of late, we’ve conceded less and we haven’t been beaten in a few. I think the structure of the team has been more solid.
“It’s been an honour to captain the side and I think it’s nice to have that trust within the squad. I’ve mentioned before, I’m probably seen as one of the senior players now. So it’s time I step up and take responsibility.”
With time to reflect on the Middlesbrough match, Nico looked back at a familiar story from games this season. He said: “I think we definitely could have won that game. Speaking to a few of their players after the game, they were all literally in shock with their reactions. That’s everyone I spoke to on their side and they asked how we had got a result out of that, and that sums it up perfectly.
"I think we did more than enough to win that game, again it was probably the same old story. We have got to take our chances and we conceded, from our standards, two sloppy goals. We didn’t lose, most teams would take a point going up there, but we were aiming for three.”
With an international break comes pros and cons for footballers like Nico. He explained to iFollow what he felt like going into October's round of international fixtures.
“It works both ways," he said. "Obviously, we had a busy month - we had seven games in 21 days I think it was. It will be nice for the boys to wind down a tiny bit, not too much, on the recovery side of things.
"On the other hand, we’ve been playing so well I think we’d like to keep that momentum going. I definitely feel like the side is very confident at the moment in the performances of late.”