Gus Poyet, in his post-match e-mail, strikes a justifiably optimistic note. He also singles out a really bright positive to take from the game: the sparkling wing play of Will Buckley. Our new boy’s battle with Blackett was intriguing, but Buckley was its winner. Now let the boss speak for himself …
We had a very good first half, an exciting first half. There was a terrific atmosphere in the stadium and even conceding a goal didn’t affect the team or the fans at all.
It was exciting to watch and we came back into the game; I’m very pleased with how we performed on the first half.
There was more work to be done in the second half, but we need to understand that this is going to happen. You get tired, or the opposition is stronger, but these players are trying to get a result and we’ve got another point on the table so overall a very good day for us.
We talked about the mentality of the team last week and we can talk about this again. Last year if we had gone a goal down in this game we would probably have lost two or 3-0, but the team didn’t get nervous or feel pressured and they just kept playing.
It was exciting to watch Will Buckley on the right side; the fans are going to love him.
I know him [Will Buckley] well and I know how much he improved during my two years at Brighton. He knows what we want from him and he’s such a professional that he will listen to you and do it to the best of his ability.
I think it was a great afternoon to play well and take a point from a top team – even the weather was good, so even if we didn’t win we need to be happy with that result.
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