Steve Bruce’s customary post-match e-mail should, for some beleaguered supporters who have already expressed their thoughts, have included the words “I resign”. Such a gesture would, of course, do us no good of any kind with just three games to play this season. But while Bruce has had to grapple with appalling injury problems, this was a dire display …
When you defend like that you’re going to end up with frustrating afternoons.
The defensive side of us was awful today. We must get that resilience back because defensive strength was why we got ourselves into such a good position earlier in the season.
I know we’ve had problems up front but to give goals like that away at this level is just not good enough.
We played some good stuff and caused problems early on and that’s frustration when you defend as badly as we did.
We gifted them the goals, whereas we had to play some wonderful stuff to create chances.
Without the strikers we needed to take our chances when they came along and we didn’t do that.
Being honest, our midfielders haven’t scored enough.
Steed has had a couple of chances, Lee Cattermole had a great chance, Jordan’s had one but we weren’t able to take them.
It’s quite incredible where we’re without 10 again today and that’s left us in a serious situation.
But there’s nothing we can do to change it, all we can do is keep on going. We have to show some resilience now because the performance today was just not good enough.
All the best