It’s beginning to sound like a stuck record and a disappointing school report. “Tried hard but could do better.” Once again our Lads took the lead and once again we lost two points late in the game. Martin O’Neill again stresses the positives but once again bemoans our failure to hang on for the win. Questions are being asked about our tactics and whether or not we sit too deep for too long. We’ll let the manager have his say.
We should have won the game and we should have been able to hold on.
There were a number of really good chances to make it 2-0 and with a little bit more care on the ball we could have scored those.
When you don’t take those chances you always leave yourself wide open to an equalising goal.
I’m disappointed for the players. It was a strong defensive performance, particularly in the second half.
I thought we dealt with everything that West Ham threw into the penalty area and to concede in the fashion that we did was very disappointing.
Simon [Mignolet] made a great save in the first half to keep us in front – it was a fantastic save and the goal Steven Fletcher scored was also fantastic, but we knew we’d be under pressure second half.
As that pressure mounted, I thought we dealt with it well. But we missed too many good chances and we should have done better.
We should have had more than one goal today.
However, we do remain unbeaten in the league, but those extra points today would have made it a great start to the campaign for us.
If we had managed to hang on I think we would have deserved it.
All the best,