Following Sunderland we learn to expect the unexpected. Having failed to achieve victory in the games we thought were winnable, the team showed up against a side with title ambitions and we almost witnessed a victory in a game we were expected to lose. A pattern has developed this season and the failures to take maximum home points from sides like Fulham, Hull, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Norwich is why we are bottom of the pile. Gus points to the positives, backs his side to help his keeper get over the disappointment of his late blunder and promises more fight against another top side at the weekend. Here’s what he has to say in his post match e-mail.
The message we wanted to send is that we’re still here, still prepared to battle and fight for this football club and I think we did that tonight.
The players concentrated on playing football and it worked. Yes, we conceded a goal after two minutes but that doesn’t matter, we’re the same team and you have to go out there and continue to play the way you know you can.
We didn’t give up or collapse, we kept believing, kept going and kept creating chances and we nearly won the game.
It’s difficult for Vito [Mannone] because he has been outstanding for us, but we need to be realistic we were up against a top team and they have some dangerous players on the pitch.
When we celebrate the victories we celebrate together; when something doesn’t go our way we suffer together. We will help him to recover quickly because we have another tough game coming up on Saturday.
I’m sure now we will go to Chelsea with renewed confidence and with the aim to perform like today.
We needed to take a risk and I knew we needed to make changes. I took the decision and today with the substitutions it worked well. [Emanuele] Giaccherini and [Ignacio] Scocco came on and they gave us extra belief and extra energy – credit to them.
I’m sure the fans see that we are a team that are going to fight until the end.
All the best,
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