Kevin Ball has good reason to be proud of the effort his team put into the game against Liverpool. Everyone expected us to lose and we did. But we were not as second best as 1-3 suggests and key decisions went against us for the first two Liverpool goals. All the same, that’s one point from six games with Man Utd up next. This is how Bally saw it …
We said before the game that we wanted to win it but I said we had to take care of the performance first.
I think overall in terms of the game and how we set out for the game it was very good and I think the players endeavour and commitment to the cause was excellent.
I think when you’re 2-0 down it’s a case of ‘what are you going to do now?’ ‘Are you just going to rollover or are you going to have a go?’
We spoke about that at half time and I think in the second half everyone in the stadium saw us having a right go at doing it correctly.
When we scored the goal we had chances to get right back in the game.
You’re always going to be susceptible to the counter-attack, the only thing is the set-play, with bodies in the box, and could we have done better with that?
It would have been nice to come out of the game with something but today the performance was the most important thing and to a degree I think we got that.
The players should take heart from the game. They put a really good shift in.
The question was ‘What are we going to do second-half?’ and they answered that emphatically by having a really good go.
It would have been lovely to get the second-goal and see what happened then but unfortunately for us we were always susceptible to the counter attack and they went away and scored.
We just need to turn that performance into results.
All the best,