Paolo Di Canio’s last post-match e-mail of the season, a season we are grateful to see over, rightly praises the effort his players put into a gusty performance that so nearly brought a point at Tottenham …
We’re obviously disappointed with the result but the lads have done a very good job.
They gave everything in terms of commitment and desire but we’re still going back with zero points from the game.
Gareth Bale made the difference once again for Tottenham with a great piece of play.
I’m very happy with the performance, it was disciplined and we didn’t lose our brains.
Sometimes in final games the players are too relaxed and thinking about their holidays, but that was not the case today. Spurs had to work hard to get their three points.
The team did well considering players like Jack Colback and Sebastian Larsson weren’t in their normal positions.
They did very well, but in the future I would like to have more difficulties when it comes to choosing my team.
A big thank you to the fans – I cannot measure the number of fans who were here today.
They sang all the way through the game and they were louder than the opposition fans and I loved seeing them in the section of the stadium in their red and white shirts.
I wish we could have got a point for them to have something to celebrate. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but the players wore the shirt and played the best way they could today and that’s the best we can deliver.
All the best,
Paolo Di Canio
See what Monsieur Salut made of it at ESPN:
I must be even-handed about this. When Bale, a wonderful talent, repeatedly lets himself down with theatrical falls and blatant dives, I am among the first to howl. Here, for once, he was the innocent victim. Seb Larsson seemed to be all over him before applying a final little push as he broke in the penalty area.
Easiest of decisions? Marriner acted on his one sighting of the incident and also, perhaps, on memories of many less honest tumbles and showed Bale, understandably apoplectic, a yellow card. Even the former Sunderland striker and chairman Niall Quinn, offering television punditry, said the referee got it hopelessly wrong.