We’re back on first-name terms – the absence of a “Dear Colin” was just an oversight – but Steve’s latest post-match message is a lesson in might have beens …
For the neutral it was wonderful, I’d have thought.
The disappointing thing for us is the goals we’ve conceded. The reason why we’re in the position we’re in is because we haven’t given much away defensively.
Tonight we’ve gifted them goals and for me that shouldn’t have happened. It’s difficult enough to play against Chelsea at the best of times but it’s even harder when we concede goals like that.
It was a poor penalty, a poor second goal and a poor third goal. They had their chances and you can’t do that against quality opposition.
No-one can question the players’ effort and commitment and some of our football going forward was terrific against what I have to say is a terrific Chelsea team.
We’re disappointed. Look at the goals we’ve given away – we’re better than that. We did the hard work but when you give Chelsea goals like that you’re going to be beaten.
We scored twice against them which is never easy, and we had a couple of other opportunities.
We have to move on. There’s no embarrassment in being beaten by Chelsea, it’s just the manner of it.
The players gave everything they had and if we hadn’t given the bad goals away then we may have had a chance.
How Monsieur Salut saw it: SAFC 2 Chelsea 4: double hopes, singular failings