Football is a whole new ball game when players have home comforts | Liam Rosenior


Part of the reason we love this sport is because it’s played by people with emotions who aren’t immune to being affected by external influences – and that’s why home advantage is exactly that

When asked by supporters and journalists about our game against Everton this Sunday, I found myself answering in the same manner: “They are a good side with numerous top players but at home we have a great chance of a result.” Reflecting on that fairly bland reply made me think of two very important words in that sentence that logically shouldn’t make an ounce of difference – “at home”.

However, looking back over my playing career it made me realise the importance placed on home advantage by managers I’ve played for, team‑mates I’ve played with and supporters I’m wearing the jersey on behalf of. For example, as a full-back the amount of times I’ve heard from my coach: “Get forward at every opportunity, we need to play at a high tempo today,” when playing at home as opposed to: “Take the sting out of the game, slow it down,” when preparing for an away game against teams of the same level made me realise that I’ve been mentally conditioned to buy into the belief that a match at home is somehow more beneficial than playing away.

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