In his post match e-mail the manager concentrates on the second half, finding plenty to admire in his nine man team. What he thinks of the first forty five minutes and the actions of the missing two he doesn’t say. I’m pretty sure he’s thinking the same as the rest of us but unlike the previous incumbent it looks like he plans to keep his criticisms in house. Over to you Senor Poyet…
It’s very difficult to analyse [the second] 45 minutes but I would say that tactically it’s the best 45 minutes we’ve played this season by far.
I had to make tough decisions at half time and I needed the players to understand what I needed from them. They reacted superbly, it was an unenviable task.
They needed to do something different and respond and they were outstanding.
When you play like that you’re always going to create a chance or two – and what a chance we created.
On another day maybe we would have left the stadium with a point.
The things that we did with only nine men on the pitch were incredible – there was an unbelievable level on concentration from the players, as well as belief.
We had the right mentality – sure, you need to run around, but you need to believe. If you are weak mentally that’s when you concede.
Three weeks ago we were weak and we collapsed. Maybe you can’t compare the two games, but today I am a proud man.
All the best,
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