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Make your players feel like part of the family

It was interesting to see this week in the English Premier League that Brazilian Manchester City player Jo, on loan at Everton scored another two goals in Everton’s 4-0 thrashing of Wigan.

A cash-rich City payed £19m for him last July but he never played well until he came under the wing of David Moyes at Everton.

Turning up at the club after getting the cold shoulder from City was a great experience for Jo. Phil Neville took him under his wing and everyone made him feel welcome. Moyes has spoken about how Jo just needed some affection and that paid off handsomely with two goals on his debut.

Jo said: “I can see that people believe in me here and because of that I have started to believe in myself again.”

That from a professional imagine how a young player feels when he thinks no one in the team thinks him good enough to play. The whole feeling in your club should be of one big family.

If it works for a Brazilian international like Jo then it’s sure going to have some effect on children that turn up to your training sessions.

Watch him win a penalty for Everton… and was it a penalty? Tell me what you think by commenting below.

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I believe that was a penalty, I would of been happy with that call, since my striker had the advantage. We had a similar play to that in a league game that was to determine 1st or 2nd place on the oppositions home field. We didn’t get the call, we would have won the game 2-1.

Comment by Billy Trujillo

NO penalty, it is very apparent he took a dive. The defender had his leg out but only gave the actor enough time to do his work, not only did he get the call but an oscar to boot.

Comment by Judge

I still say NO WAY!! he hesitated his right leg stride long enough for his momentum to catch up with him. Ronaldo would never have gotten away with that. Wow, I hust hope the outcome wasn’t decided due to the penalty given.

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