Graham Potter reckons managing through a global pandemic has been a bit like tending to an allotment.
Hard graft at times but well worth it when you start to see the fruits of your labour.
“My dad was a keen gardener and had his allotment,” said Potter, whose side take on Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace on Sunday.
“He would always start off doing a lot of digging, a lot of heavy work, with not too much to show for it and a lot of back ache.
“Eventually, after a long period of time, he would start to see things coming through and he would have some vegetables, but it takes time — it’s like anything in life.
“We’ve had to try to change the playing style a little bit, we’ve introduced some younger players from the academy, taken some players that are adapting to life in the Premier League.
“And to still get results in the Premier League is a huge challenge.
“Thankfully, we’ve managed it quite well, but we have to keep going.
“The group is in a good place at the moment.
“We’ve managed to stay strong, to keep belief, to keep working and hopefully we can see a few more green shoots.
“The exciting thing is there is a lot more to come.
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“We’ve got a nice mix of players who are at the start of their careers who are really exciting that we need to help.
“At the moment, it’s just potential but there are exciting things there.
“We’ve also got some really good players that are in good moments in their careers that have good experience, like Lewis Dunk and Pascal Gross.
“The mix is good. The group is in a good place.
“But in the Premier League, results determine everything. It wasn’t so long back that it was the disaster zone, almost.
“Things haven’t significantly changed for us, it’s just we’ve managed to pick some results up and that helps everything.
“But we know results can quickly turn as well so you have to keep focused, keep humble, focus on the next game and fight for the points against Crystal Palace.”
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