In his post-match e-mail from the home game versus Swansea City, Martin O’Neill tells it likes it is (or was on the night). He’s right about one thing, where the onus lies, so why were we defending like the clappers in injury time?
I was disappointed with the performance.
We’ve got a point on the board and that’s probably all that we deserved, I’m not sure that Swansea deserved anything more either.
However, we were the home side and the onus was on us to try and break the team down and I don’t think we did that for long enough periods in the game.
Neither side deserved the win. Swansea had the better possession in the first half and I thought we improved early in the second half. We started to apply pressure but just couldn’t sustain it.
Swansea got back in and got a foothold of the game. Titus Bramble did very well to deny them late in the game and had that goal went in it might have been a little harsh, but ultimately it’s up to us to do better.
Swansea are becoming more established in the league and have added quality players to their side. We’ve had two tough games against them this season.
Their confidence was high following their Capital One Cup victory but then again so was ours on the back of a couple of great wins.
We struggled this evening and that was really disappointing. I’m expecting a much improved performance against Reading on Saturday.
All the best,