Manager staying positive

Gianfranco Zola is aware his team may be the underdogs against Arsenal on Sunday but believes the signs are there for a turnaround in fortunes.

WIth the Chadwell Heath treatment room clearing, the manager, Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen have had more players to work with out on the pitches. Zola has been delighted with the determination to arrest a disappointing run of results. In contrast, Arsenal have had a fine run of form, but he is not worried.

"In my opinion it is just the kind of game that we need," he said. "We are the underdogs. Nobody is expecting us to do well against Arsenal. But the spirit of the team is very high and we are going to be working very hard. It could be a surprise. Certainly we are going to give it our best shot.

"If we keep performing well then sooner or later we are going to get the points we deserve. We are very close. You can smell it, you can sense it is very close. We just need the victory that would guarantee a little more comfort to the players and a little bit of confidence. Everything should be starting to work in the right direction again."