John McCormick writes: for a while, watching on TV, I thought I saw glimpses of last season – some skill, some effort and above all, desire. But it counted for nothing in the end as Arsenal stepped up a gear and brought on a sub that is miles better than any of our best players. They were too good for us, and it showed. Our manager seems to agree with these sentiments, judging by the letter he wrote to M Salut, and maybe one or two others, immediately after the game:
I think the score line is a little bit harsh on us, I don’t think we deserved to have lost by three goals.
We were never going to be the aggressors in the game because of the quality that Arsenal possess in their side but I thought we did well and deservedly got an equaliser.
There were one or two opportunities just before half time that we should have made more of. We showed good character early in the game, I would have liked to have seen us show the same character to stay in the game after that.
We didn’t defend well on a number of occasions and we paid the price. I thought we defended well initially and kept good shape and we were disciplined but we didn’t see the game out as we should have done.
The players are giving all they have. You can’t question their commitment or their passion and desire.
Thanks for your support,