Malcolm Dawson writes the new manager effect almost got us a result but not quite. I have a feeling the same score might have occurred had Gus still been in charge but the tactics and line up a lot different. That we couldn’t hold on or even snatch a win was a shame but it allows the manager’s ghost writer to adopt a similar tone to those of Gus, Paolo, Martin, Ricky and Roy when penning Dick’s first post match e-mail to M Salut and the rest of his mailing list. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
For me the players did very well today, I thought they worked their socks off.
We looked better and we’ve still got some players to come back into the squad.
Tactically I thought we did well, as we didn’t give many chances away to a team that are very difficult to play against.
We went close [to taking something from the game], but obviously not close enough. I do think it was a foul in the build up to their goal; we know these things happen all season but for us right now that was not a good moment.
Jermain [Defoe] had a great chance early in the game, if he had scored that it would have been completely different, West Ham would have had to come at us a lot more.
I thought Connor Wickham was excellent today, I thought he really put a shift in.
Some heads were down in the dressing room after the way the game ended but there are positives to take and we can take confidence from our performance.
The international break is very good timing, it gives me the chance to work more with the players.
The fans were great today; they want to see that we’re working hard and we will show that, I’ve heard great things about them.
Thanks for your support,
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