James: Confidence Is Coming

David James says the confidence is flowing back into the squad now following a run of three unbeaten games against top Premiership sides.

With two home draws against Aston Villa and Arsenal either side of a win at Manchester United, Glenn Roeder says 'we are definitely looking upwards' and David agrees: "I think the confidence was there for everyone to see. We are a good team and it is just about having the self-belief.

"We were a bit disappointed that we didn't win when we had the opportunities on Saturday, but at the same time they have hit the bar twice in the second half.

"Perhaps we rode our luck, but the overall performance maybe deserved more than a draw and I think Arsenal will be happier than we were with it.

"It is frustrating we didn't get the second opportunity or hold onto the lead until half time, because Sod's Law would have meant we'd have held on to win.

"We played well in the second half against Villa, so that is two and a half matches where we have attacked and played very well, like a good side.

"The Manchester United result has reassured the players it wasn't a fluke and we have been consistent for the last couple of games, so it is looking good for the next few months.

"There were two bad results in Blackburn and Everton and a big hoo-ha was made; and we have had a couple of other not good results.

"Against Tottenham we could have got beaten badly; they hit the post three times and I think they deserved to win overall, whereas at Sunderland recently Thomas Sorensen stopped us getting something there and we could have got more out of that game."

The last poor performance within a game was in the first half against Villa when the crowd voiced their discontent.

Did David notice a change on Saturday?

"The atmosphere with the fans is tremendous," he says. "Every time I got the ball I was getting a round of applause, which was nice!"