Martin O’Neill must have read my comments at Sixer’s Sevens about Arsenal probably if narrowly deserving to win. He uses his post-match e-mail tell me how wrong I was …
It was very disappointing to lose to a late goal.
I don’t think we deserved that because even after the exertions of Wednesday night, the players put absolutely everything into the game.
The players did tire towards the end, but even so I don’t think we deserved to lose the game.
It has been a tough task to play five games in two weeks, but the advantage might sway in our direction when Arsenal have to play midweek next week and we have the cup tie, there’s still everything to play for.
It was disappointing to lose in the manner that we did.
The team applied a lot of pressure on Arsenal in the second half and that’s how we got our goal.
I had hoped that would be enough, but Arsenal are a fine side and the players were getting tired. It’s a shame we didn’t see it through.
It looked as though we should have won a penalty kick in the first half, but it wasn’t given.
On another occasion it might have been given, but that wasn’t the case today.
I could never fault the team in terms of effort and determination. They put everything into the game.
There were times where we had to sit and play without the ball, which can happen against a team like Arsenal, but the players are learning all the time and that was tough to take today.
All the best,
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