I wondered what Steve Bruce might come up with to explain today’s latest non-display. Make of it what you will – the “back to the training ground” bit reminded me a little of Mick McCarthy, he of no money to spend …
My reaction to that can only be total disappointment in the way we played and how we conducted ourselves.
We were nowhere near what we’ve been used to this season and we have to make sure we respond in the right manner.
We looked very, very disappointing today and as the manager I take responsibility for that.
Make no mistake, as from tomorrow we’ll be working very hard on the training ground to try and get us back to where we were.
Where did it go wrong? Everywhere. Defensively we were all over the place while we didn’t look like we had a cutting edge up front.
We have to go back to basics, as they say.
The one thing I don’t want to do is make excuses – it sounds pathetic sometimes when I hear them.
They’re all huge games in the Premier League and if you don’t show up results like today’s happen.
I always judge people on how they respond when they’re up against it. We have to arrest the slide.
We must batten down the hatches, believe in what we’re doing and respond.
All the best,