In his post-match e-mail, Gus Poyet applauds a solid team performance, rues the great missed chance and hails John O’Shea’s insistence on seeing out the 0-0 draw at Villa Park with a groin injury …
Of course we will take the point but we did want three and we were playing for three.
I think that we created the best chances of the game to go out and get those three points, however, we didn’t get them, and so I will have to accept that.
Throughout the game we made it very difficult for the opposition, we competed, passed the ball and it was a very solid performance for the entire 90 minutes, therefore the outcome, as you expect it should be, was positive.
In recent away games we have performed for just one half or maybe struggled in certain areas on the pitch, today I was looking for a full performance from the whole team for 90 minutes and I think we got that.
The only thing missing was a goal, had we got that goal the players would have done exactly what I asked of them; played compact and solidly, as well as being brave enough to get forward and attack.
[On Giaccherini’s first half chance] On another day, maybe that would have gone in, it’s the situation that we’re in. He mis-hit it and it went over the top, it was unfortunate.
We’re looking like a better team; we need to continue to improve.
Next up there are two games at home. These are important for us because we know the fans there will push us and get behind us – I know they are against Chelsea and Tottenham but we have to have belief going into games with these teams.
John [O’Shea] injured his groin late in the game, he knew we’d made all three changes and he stuck in there, he put himself on the line for the game, which is magnificent. Let’s hope it’s nothing serious and he will be available on Wednesday.
All the best,