Many of those there today thought this was a better performance – abject as opposed to pathetic. We attacked more and both Johnson and Sessegnon showed an improvement, being disappointing as opposed to very disappointing. We know that the club looks at and reacts to this website as there was a total absence of pre match and half time sprinklers popping up so we are grateful that the manager should take time out of his busy day to send us a personal message.
What follows is his positive spin on what was another frustrating day for those in the stands.
We didn’t deserve to get beaten.
We probably should have won the game but the ball just didn’t drop for us today.
We’re not scoring goals, we’ve had people in and around the penalty area, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening for us.
I could not fault the players’ effort whatsoever. I think it was epitomised by a fantastic performance from Lee Cattermole.
It is as good a performance as I have seen from a player and he didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
We drove at Villa and tried everything but we were unable to wear them down.
We need to be resilient. It’s been tough going and we’ve found ourselves in the situation where we’re not getting goals.
You wouldn’t think we would have that problem with all of the attacking players we have in the team. We have to stick in at it and we’ll come back from this.
We have to remain strong and stay resilient – we’re all in this together.
All the best,