Monsieur Salut suffered the annoyance familiar to most football fans, stuck 39,000 feet high while the Lads were in action. Turning the phone back on at Heathrow, two and a half hours after the final whistle at Reading, I found my eyes drawn first of all to Martin O’Neill‘s post-match e-mail, the headline – ‘we’ve lost a game we shouldn’t have’ – adding to the gloom of returning to the British winter from Sri Lankan sun. I read somewhere else that we were outplayed for long periods but should still have won. Outplayed! By Reading! Can Martin’s Musings shed further light? …
I don’t know how we lost the game. We had a couple of great chances to win it and it’s very disappointing to be on the losing side.
We got back into the match after conceding an early goal, a bit like at Wigan, and it was deservedly so with the penalty kick.
With 10 minutes to go you thought that if any side was going to win it that it would have been us, then we conceded the goal – a header from two yards out – and it’s hard to take.
It was a very difficult pitch to play on, but I thought we applied ourselves well considering the conditions.
We got back into the game after going a goal down early on and I thought we were creating the better chances.
The goalkeeper made a fine save to deny Danny Graham late on and Alfred N’Diaye had a chance go wide at the near post.
Overall we’ve lost a game with four minutes to go that we shouldn’t have lost.
All the best,