John McCormick writes: I’m running out of optimism. Last week was bad (plus the train cost me £56) and this week was worse. A soft red card today means we start our next game against a rampant Suarez without two of our best players. So we’re in the mire. But that’s just my thoughts, what about the man who really matters? Here he is giving us the low down on a match we couldn’t afford to lose but did.
It was one of the worst starts we’ve had, maybe comparable with the Cardiff game. I wasn’t expecting it – we were ready and the team was strong enough to compete, but we didn’t for half an hour. When you don’t play well and the opposition does something they don’t usually do [for the second goal], you find yourself in a very difficult situation.
I had to make a decision I don’t like – I don’t like changing players in the first half. Today it was Jack and Ki, but they paid the price because of the team performance, not their own personal performance. We needed to sort it out. Seb and Lee brought something and the team recovered a little bit. If we’d scored with Wes’s header in the second half the game changes, but it was a bad day.
I stayed outside [afterwards] to check which players went over to the fans, because they backed us really well. We need to keep believing – it is the only way.
What an opportunity on Wednesday – to play against one of the most in-form teams in England in their own stadium. I want them to go there and have a really good go, without any regrets.
All the best,
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