After two successive victories, Martin O’Neill had once again to find the positives in a home defeat in his personal e-mail to M Salut. With yet another re-shuffled defence, the ineligibility of Danny Rose saw Kilgallon who had played well at centre back being moved into the fullback spot, it may have been an easy option for the manager to find excuses, but he praises the team’s efforts and the backing of the crowd.
Martin O’Neill in his post-match e-mail
We fought really hard to get ourselves in front in the game.
Tottenham hit the bar from a chance we maybe should have cleared, but I don’t remember them causing us a great deal of problems in the first half.
We got the goal and it gave us something to go for in the second half but then we came out and conceded two goals in two minutes. It was a major blow.
The own goal changed the momentum of the game.
We should have done better leading up to that corner. It went into the net off Carlos’ head; we can’t do much about that, but the second could have been avoided.
Two goals in two minutes deflated us and it took us some time to get back in the game.
There were moments when we had really decent possession and it’s from there where you need to choose the right option.
That is the making of real big players in this league – making the right choices at the right time.
We were rushed and harried somewhat but that makes no difference, we should be able to make the right decisions.
It was a good effort from the players. Maybe they were feeling the effects of Boxing Day a little, especially with 10 minutes to go; we needed a second breath to get at them.
We stuck at it right to the end, still putting pressure on Spurs.
The team never gave up, nor did the crowd.
All the best,