Malcolm Dawson writes….with M. Salut travelling home through the Gallic hinterland and John McCormick a victim of RSI caused by hours hunched over a calculator working out all the possible permutations of results that may see us avoid the drop, it falls to me, with a dodgy hotel internet connection, to pass on the manager’s thoughts in his post match e-mail. I managed to catch the bulk of the game on TV via the Serbian equivalent of Sky and my own immediate thought was (as I’ve commented elsewhere) that losing by a single goal has at least kept us in touch with Palace, who have to be the only team we can realistically expect to overhaul now after West Ham’s win and Swansea’s draw. All is not lost but there’s little left to hang on to. Gus is proud but we all know the old saying about pride and falling.
Liverpool were calling for time and trying to finish the game; you could tell how happy their fans were to hear the final whistle.
That makes me happy because nobody expected us to come here and perform or to make it difficult for Liverpool, which is a great credit to the players. But now we need to take this into the next game; that’s what’s most important. We can’t just keep playing like this every now and again and then not perform at home.
A result against West Ham now would be perfect for me because we have shown the type of attitude to go out and score goals and try and win the game and I want to see this again.
Scoring goals changes games; last week we couldn’t do that, but today I felt like it was coming. Lee [Cattermole] hit the crossbar and I just felt like a goal was coming. We were really pushing forward and it nearly came off for us.
I’ve learnt an awful lot today, I know I keep saying this but I’ve only been at the club and with the players for a few months and every game is different.
[Adam] Johnson and Ki [Sung Yueng] came on and they were just what we were missing from the game. We started off solid and we were difficult to break down, but for some reason we lacked quality on the ball and then I made the two substitutions and the players were outstanding when they came on.
I’m not happy that we lost, but I’m proud of how we approached the game.
All the best,
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