John McCormick writes: Setting this up on the Friday before the game I was wondering how we would do. I did think we’d win but I decided not to enter the “guess the score” rather than risk a jinx.
Did Gus also think we’d win? Did he decide to risk anything? You won’t find out from his post-game e-mail, delivered personally to M Salut and maybe one or two others but you will find he’s looking forward, and that can’t be bad:
It was very important to win today and I am very happy for the players and the fans.
During the first half we had that electric atmosphere and like I said before the game it was up to us.
I don’t think we are in that moment to ask the fans, so the way we started and fought with such intensity was great.
We scored the first goal in a great manner and then Jermain [Defoe] scored and we went back to basics, so it was a good afternoon, and was much needed. I’m very pleased for everybody.
[On Defoe and Wickham] We’re looking for a partnership that is going to score goals and the movement and connection is also important. If they score they will have better chances; I’m very pleased for them both.
The minimum was to match the commitment and the fighting spirit of Burnley because without that it is impossible to beat them.
The defenders needed to defend and the strikers needed to score; on those terms we completed the challenge we set ourselves and that connection with the fans was back which was great
Now we need to make sure we go out and perform in the FA Cup and make sure we go through. Then we must go and get something at Swansea, before coming back to face QPR with that connection perfectly ready for another great week.
Thanks for your support,
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