The boss has sent me his usual post-match e-mail; he wasn’t impressed with the refereeing either – but he did realise that his own defence needed a rocket for the sloppiness that cost us all the points …
It’s so disappointing to lose in that manner and it’s a big kick in the teeth considering how well we played.
Stoke put the ball into our box and we weren’t strong enough to deal with it. We also need the officials to show some strength as well.
The simple fact is we’ve lost to three set pieces into our box. All of the goals have come from a yard out and that’s bitterly disappointing.
We can say the goals were controversial but we should be brave enough to go and compete and head it, and the goalkeeper to come out and catch it.
That’s cost us and we haven’t done the basics. We played some good football at times but you have to come here and compete.
You have to put your head in where it hurts and take a bit of responsibility, which unfortunately we couldn’t do.
The whole afternoon was a huge frustration. For all our good play, we didn’t physically stand up to the Stoke and we got caught.