Martin O’Neill‘s post-match e-mail recognises that Liverpool hardly robbed us but praises a good team effort and some outstanding individual performances …
I was delighted with the first-half performance. The team were a goal in front and the players gave as good as they got.
It was a terrific effort considering we had a number of members of the squad who are still not properly fit – as the weeks go on we’ll get stronger.
Craig Gardner did exceptionally well in the build-up to the goal – he earned that little bit of luck.
He managed to get past two players and drove a great ball in for [Steven] Fletcher to put it in the back of the net to get his third goal in two matches. That will be a big boost for him.
Gardner was great today and [Jack] Colback was also outstanding – there were a number of very good performances.
However, it was always going to be difficult with Liverpool searching for that equalising goal. Not many in the stadium would say that they didn’t deserve it.
We gave the ball away a little bit in the second half and I think that is something we must improve on.
When we’re under pressure in games we need to be able to take the sting out of matches.
It was disappointing to concede the goal, especially at a point where we just getting back into the game in terms of possession.
I’m delighted we weren’t beaten – Liverpool probably deserved their equaliser.
All the best,