But here, for what it is worth, is this week’s edition of the billet doux I get after each game from Steve Bruce. Others may have received something remarkably similar so no pretence here that we’re really on first name terms.
Manchester United were very impressive and sometimes you have to hold your hands up.
It’s tough to come here with a full-strength team, let alone one with six or seven missing.
Maybe I was a bit naïve too, but in the first half you had to marvel at the quality of their football because we couldn’t get anywhere near them.
We had to try and stem the tide at 1-0 because we were wide open. Make no mistake, they are a very, very good team who will take some beating for the title.
In the first half we didn’t keep the ball and pass the ball well enough, but we were better in the second half and we needed to be to make a fist of it.
Maybe I should have tightened things up from the start, but when you’ve got six or seven missing your hands are tied.
We’ll be better for it – we’ve got two home games coming up now and it’s important we bounce back.
I thought of adding a mischievous postscripts along the lines: “I know some of you are scratching your heads at why Paulo da Silva is on the bench week in week out, and remains unused week after week no matter who has to come off or why … ”
But the truth is I had writer’s block and couldn’t imagine how he might begin to explain it.