Welcome weekend off
Bristol City star Lee Trundle brings us his latest blog
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: 19/11/07 3:00pm
Trundle: Ireland aim
It was good to have a weekend off with the internationals, something we don't get many of during the season.
I took advantage of this by going back to Liverpool, but not - as many of you will presume - for a knees-up with my mates.
No, I went back to spend time with my daughter and it was great. I didn't even have time to watch the games as I was kept very busy.
One thing that has arisen on the international front that does concern me is the change of management for Republic of Ireland.
It has long been publicised that my international ambitions lie with the Emerald Isle, and I am again keeping my fingers crossed that whoever the news boss may be will consider me.
I am playing in the Championship now and really feel I could do a job, and so we will have to see what happens - but I remain hopeful.
Again, a few people have been asking me about Wales and Northern Ireland, but I don't qualify for either. I know Lawrie Sanchez made contact with Swansea when I was there - which was flattering, but I don't qualify and I have always had my heart set on Ireland anyway.
Looking at the domestic scene, a third of the season has now gone and we are right up there. We know we are there on merit and that gives us big confidence going into the rest of the campaign.
I am enjoying the challenge, the gaffer does go with one up front in various games which makes it even harder to get into the side, but the higher you get the more reliant teams become on their squad and I am more than happy to compete for my place.
There were some stories doing the rounds about the gaffer's approach to motivating by placing posters and sayings around the club and changing room.
And yes, there are some different ideas used by the boss which he has picked up from his time, it involves a sports psychologist who comes in.
I personally am totally open minded and it is just an additional tool we can use. I don't think it is something which you have to see as gospel but you can take out of it what you want and I have found aspects very helpful.
Bouncing back from defeat is a big aspect, and we will need to do that next week following our loss at Ipswich. I was on the bench, but we all feel such a heavy defeat, and we will have to make sure we bounce back against Leicester at the weekend.