Monsieur Salut was driving home through the Burgundy snow but manager Martin O’Neill was still able to send him his immediate post match personal e-mail. A tale of two penalties, bizarre bounces and missed opportunities.
I thought we should have got something from the game; we created a lot of chances.
We conceded a goal from a penalty and the second [goal] was bizarre.
We didn’t have a great deal of luck in and around the penalty area ourselves and we should have taken more from what Stephane Sessegnon created. He scored a great goal himself.
Stephane was excellent today; top-quality in the second half.
I thought we should have had a penalty kick just before half time, but it wasn’t given.
For the second goal Titus [Bramble] should have seen the ball out instead of playing it blindly back to the goalkeeper – the clearance has hit the player and it’s in the back of the net.
M Salut writes: There was a Dear Martin e-mail as well tonight: I may reproduce it more fully here but my ESPN piece mentions it:
That was obviously a major setback at that stage of the game, but we got back into it and still had enough chances to get an equaliser, which I think we would have deserved, without doubt.
We had a couple of good chances at the end. It’s really disappointing. We came here with confidence following the Arsenal game two weeks ago.
We should have capitalised on the chances we created.
All the best,