In his 5 Live interview, Martin O’Neill praised a “fantastic” second half performance but rued Sunderland’s ultimately costly wastefulness in front of goal. His post-match e-mail repeats the message …
I’m desperately disappointed as I felt the performance was fantastic – particularly the second half.
How we haven’t come away with something really defies belief.
We had so many chances to score. I can think of at least five clear-cut chances that we should have scored from and we didn’t manage with any of them.
Of course it’s always going to be an uphill battle if you fail to convert chances, especially as we created a number of opportunities.
I thought that we performed terrifically well. You can’t create chances like we had against a top-class side without having shown some sort of ability.
We gave everything.
Chelsea were screaming for the final whistle, so you can take some heart and maybe some sort of consolation from that early next week.
But I’m definitely not taking it now – I’m very disappointed.
Towards the last 25 minutes of the game we threw caution to the wind.
In doing that we ran the risk of letting them get a second goal but we defended well; we got back to make last ditch challenges and we got forward to create opportunities as well.
All the best,
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