John McCormick writes Pete Sixsmith found no positives in our performance at the Emirates today. I differ but only in that Catts didn’t get a red card and nor did Wes Brown, so both are available for next week. I was concerned to find Fletcher didn’t make the bench and hope we find a forward by the time I get to Wembley. But what of Gus? Did he take anything from the game? Here, in his post-match letter to M Salut, and maybe a couple of others, he gives us his view:
My emotions are running high after watching the game, I’m trying to not to make any decisions so soon after it.
It could be that we were second best, or it could be that on the day there were things that we simply weren’t good enough at – I think it’s a mixture of the two.
Arsenal were very good on the ball in the first 30 minutes and we couldn’t cope with them. We had a very bad day on the ball; we were very poor and we paid the price.
Maybe it’s a good time for it to happen, a week before the cup final; some people say if you have a good result before the game it can make you too confident and others say if you have a bad one it’s a wake-up call.
Everybody knows how good Arsenal are. We needed to be sharp, keep close to them, be good on the ball but we just didn’t do that today.
It was a bad day at the office. We weren’t good enough against a very good team, maybe it was nerves or something but it’s definitely given us something to think about.
We gave ourselves a difficult task to get back into the game in the second half and then we went and conceded from a set piece, which disappointed me.
The three players that came on deserve credit. They came on when we were 3-0 down away from home, I bet they were thinking ‘thanks for that gaffer’, but they did their jobs and then it was a great finish from [Emanuele] Giaccherini for our goal.
It’s good for him, as it’s been difficult for him not playing and now that goal will give him some pride ahead of the cup final.
I had an idea about how I wanted to play next week and which players I wanted to use – today’s game has put a few doubts in my mind.
It’s an important week for us now; the players are going to have to work very hard to get into the team.
All the best,
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