John McCormick writes: I was hoping to make this match but it was not to be and I had to make do with a dodgy feed. When we scored I thought ******, then they scored twice and I thought ****** again, but for different reasons. And then when hope was dying our Viking proved he was worth his new contract with a point-saving goal and I thought ****** once more, this time because two midfielders had scored and that’s a bit of a novelty.
Two forwards scoring would be a bit of a novelty, too, I think. It’s time Fletch and Jozy showed their worth.
That’s enough of my thoughts, what about the manager’s? Here they are, as sent directly to M Salut in his personal post-match e-mail:
If you said we were going to get a point away from home in the first game of the season, you would probably say it’s a good way to start.
We started the game very well and we got an incredible goal – the best probably from [Lee] Cattermole in his whole career.
Then we had a difficult spell because we lost the possession and the decision from the referee to give a penalty changed the course of the game.
If we went into half time at 1-0 it would have been a totally different story, but I thought we were much better in the second half.
We were better on the ball and much more aggressive.
I was disappointed with the defending for their second goal but then we were in their half and we were really pushing to get back.
I think we need to make sure that the players get used to each other as well, some have only been training for a week or 10 days and I’m sure we are going to get better.
This week is going to be perfect for us, to go and play against Manchester United at the Stadium of Light with a great atmosphere and to make sure that we can show we are going to be a different team this year.
Thanks for your support,
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