A quick edition of the boss’s post-match thoughts, as expressed in his customary e-mail. Others may add to this introduction. Gus Poyet is right to emphasise the positives. But were two points squandered? …
If I look in terms of performance, the way we defended, the way we controlled the game, the decisions we made and how comfortable we felt on the pitch, it is a point gained.
It is a positive thing and a clean sheet in the Barclays Premier League is very important. Then, of course there were moments when we got the feeling that we could go on to win.
I am convinced that we are going to play worse than this and win a game and then also the opposite way around, because sometimes we are going to play better and get nothing, so we need to be realistic and take the point.
Kasper Schmeichel’s save on Steven Fletcher was a key moment in the game because we were growing, getting better, controlling and getting closer so that is the chance that if you score if will give you a great platform to go and play a different game.
But it was a great save and I think we were getting close at the time. The second half was tactical and both teams were trying to go forward without giving too much space. It was a good encounter.
The Barclays Premier League is very difficult and you need to be in there to feel it – the quantity of knocks, heads, elbows and things that happen. We fought for the point.
We are difficult to beat – we have not lost for three games in a row – and the team are performing very well.
Thanks for your support,