Malcolm Dawson writes….the one ray of hope that I’m clinging to, at a time when so many seem to have written us off, is that I believe we have a better squad than several of the teams around us and we still have most of those teams to play at the Stadium of Light. It’s not often I play the role of the glass half full man and today’s match was one where three points would have begun the steady upward climb that I’m still convinced will come. So it’s disappointing that we only got one and another game where the team showed their inability to put the ball in the net is I admit worrying. But the performance demonstrated that we can outperform the likes of West Ham, who are no worse than Crystal Palace, Fulham, Hull, Stoke, Cardiff, Norwich etc. Poyet too seems upbeat with today’s effort and praises his team and asks the fans to share his pride in his players. It will be interesting to see what kind of side he picks on Tuesday with a crucial league game against Norwich coming up next weekend. Anyway, here are the manager’s thoughts in his post match e-mail.
That was our best performance, even if we didn’t win. It was better than the game against Aston Villa, it was better than Manchester City because it was for 94 minutes. We know what we need to do – we need to score a goal. We had one on ones, crossbar, saves from the goalkeeper but that’s the way. I was saying before to the players that the first-half team on the pitch – that’s my team.
There’s always a part that the opposition has to play but overall in terms of understanding, in terms of positioning, seeing what the opposition is doing and what we can do, today was the best [so far]. We must build on the draw, that’s the only way. That’s the only thing we ask of the players. It has to be every day now because we proved today that it’s possible. It’s something that we’ve been building and something we’ve been doing better, so let’s keep doing it.
We’ve been here for two months now and the idea is that I want to see this every week; that’s the challenge for the players. They know now that we can do it so we need to challenge ourselves every week and do it all the time.
I wanted to go over to the away fans and celebrate a victory. They should be proud of the team they watched today.
All the best,
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