John McCormick writes: What with the Olympics and a defunct dishwasher, not to mention our Hazel calling round (her dad was at Wigan v Blackburn) I forgot to look out for an e-mail from our new(est) manager. But having watched the match more or less live I’m glad Ed, Pete and the others I tried couldn’t get me a ticket. I’d have hated to have been there at the end.
Were there good things to take from a galling defeat? The aforementioned newest manager appears to think so, as you may glean from the e-mail he sent to M Sault immediately after the match, and please forgive his grammar:
We can take positives from the performance because we did an awful lot of good things today.
We’re disappointed we didn’t take a point, which everyone would have said would have been a really good result.
The players did great. We gave a couple of lads their debut today and they did a great job.
Defensively we played well throughout the game – just the second goal disappointed me. There were a couple of actions that we’ll work on and improve on.
It was great there were so many supporters here and I think they could see the players were at it.
We had to have a game plan – ideally we would have had more of a go, but we were struggling to get the ball off City, which I’m sure will happen to a lot of teams.
I’ve said to the players that they have to play like that in every game.
They’ve set the standard for effort and commitment and they’ll be getting it from me if they drop below that.
Thanks for your support,
(personally speaking, David, I’m gutted. JMc)