Malcolm Dawson writes…..a point is better than nothing I suppose. Gus had said we needed to win one of the last two games and we haven’t. Villa managed a win tonight and they’re up next though we have a week and a half off courtesy of Bradford City while Villa have another shot at the Throstles and a potential trip to Wembley. Gus thanks everyone today and perhaps having spent time in the stand has seen the game as we do. He has time to get things right before yet another crucial game a week on Saturday. Meanwhile he confides in M Salut via the interweb….
It was a difficult game; very competitive with plenty of incident, but I think we played well. We needed to be strong and solid. Unfortunately we conceded a cheap goal, it was a strange free kick to say the least, but after that we didn’t give up. I’m very pleased with the players, they knew how important the game was and they played accordingly, it’s a point on the board.
We started the second half well and the substitutions changed the game; being in the stands gave me the opportunity to see things from a different point of view and we made different decisions because of that. Ricky [Alvarez], Connor [Wickham] and Patrick [van Aanholt] all did extremely well when they came on; it was a team effort today.
My staff also worked very hard and I’m pleased as I had to rely on them today, Tanno, Beas, Charlie and Antonio did very well.
Patrick made a great cross for our goal and after that it was all about the finish; if you compare the two goals ours had much more quality. I’d say it’s a well-earned point.
It was important that I went down to thank the fans at the final whistle. I thought they were magnificent. When we were losing one-nil they were the only fans in the ground making any noise. It didn’t sound like we were losing; you would have thought the home side were losing. Then after the goal we completely dominated the stands and the fans deserved to have that goal to celebrate.
Thanks for your support,
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