Martin O’Neill could have said we were unlucky, he could have said we were tired after Goodison without making adding the obvious qualification that this is not really an excuse. He did not; the post-match e-mail – and sorry, Martin, there was no appetite to wait up for it last night – accepts we were beaten because we played, for the most part, badly …
It was very disappointing – we should have been able to do better.
We didn’t start well enough in the game and then after they scored the goal we had perhaps our best spell of the game.
We put pressure on them and started to pass the ball, which we hadn’t done in the first half – I can’t remember a time where we strung four passes together.
I accept that the game against Everton on Saturday was of high intensity and a bit draining and maybe one or two of the players were a bit tired.
That said, we should still be ready for the games and we’ve got to be right.
We missed a great opportunity to equalise when the ball fell to young Ji [Dong-won] but we should have been able to create more throughout the game.
Blackburn battled well and got their goal at a good moment; the game was very much in the balance at that stage.
If we had played better throughout then you might have thought we had been a bit unlucky but the ball fell to them in the penalty area and we didn’t do enough to clear it.
The overall performance wasn’t strong enough.
Now we have to take the defeat and try and get it out of our system.
All the best,