Evening Nigel …
It’s groundhog day talking to you chaps isn’t it. In terms of you looking for different ways of asking the same question. The bottom line is we’ve thrown away a very, very good situation.
On the most part I think we’ve played okay, in the second half we didn’t get a hold of the ball in the way we needed to. In the first-half in particular we were very good at stopping them from playing, we did some good stuff ourselves but in the second-half we were wasteful and if we had drawn the game I would still have been disappointed. To be stood here talking about a 2-1 defeat is really quite tough.
My job now is to make sure we get the preparation right for the weekend.
I’m not going to bemoan the situation; I’m not going to make excuses. It’s a game we should have come away from with three points but we’ve really thrown it away tonight and we’ve only got ourselves to blame.
Does it feel a bit different tonight? The manor of it, there was just 50 seconds between Lyle Taylor’s two goals, does that make it worse?
I’ve not really had time to think about that to be honest with you. As a football manager what’s very important is to be able to detach yourself at times from the emotion but of course you’ve got to also remember that people like me in my situation do feel it as well.
It’s not an easy situation, I’ve already looked at the two goals and there’s some really naïve things about them which from a football perspective are irritating.
Look, I know where we are as a club and I know where we are as a squad but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be getting better results at home because we should be turning some of our performances into better results and some of our draws this season here have been frustrating because we’ve been sloppy and concede a late goal or the Swansea game that we lose we have opportunities to get a better result.
Tonight even I can’t hide from the fact that clearly the players found it difficult to concede that first goal and unfortunately we conceded another one. It’s a tough one to take but we will all have to face up to how we next face up in our next game away from home against West Brom.
Even if we had won that game, great, but we’ve got to try make coming to watch us a pleasurable experience for our fans instead of feeling nervous and I understand why that is, it’s really very, very difficult at the moment but we have to work hard to find a way out of it, simple.
Do the players need picking up after that tonight?
They will do but they’ll need honest feedback as well, they’ll need picking up. Maybe some of the staff will too, who knows. I’m not going to waste energy on stuff that’s on the periphery of it. My job is to find the solutions and at the moment I’m not doing that so it’s a tough one.
You said you know where City are at at the moment and getting them where you want them to be will there be the lows before you get to the highs that you want?
That’s a very profound sort of question. I know where we are in terms of trying to build a squad that is capable of achieving success at the moment, we don’t have the depth to do that but depth doesn’t mean numbers. I don’t want numbers of people, we’ve had that before, the club have tried that before and I’m not going down that route.
It’s not an excuse but I’m afraid I have to shoulder the criticism at the moment. It’s my team, I pick it and I make the decisions in terms of who goes on and who goes off. What I really want is for the players to be able to go out there and perform as best as they can regardless of what anyone feels tonight.
I know they’re an honest group but we’ve got work to do, clearly.
I thought Alex Scott was excellent in the time that he was on the pitch…
Yes, he’s come a long way, he’s a very young lad and I’m pleased for him to score the goal after the one he missed but he’s a real talent.
What’s also important is that we don’t apply too much pressure on players like him or Han-Noah Massengo are real talents that we have. We’ve got some really good things about where we are and the players that we have, the players coming through.
For them to be able to perform at home and in an environment that’s difficult in terms of results, for them to perform at the levels they do is very important and very encouraging.
There are always going to be elements which we can be honest about but lets be honest all our fans want to know about is why we’re not winning at home and at the moment we are causing ourselves problems.
Tonight we were beaten by a side who made the most of our deficiencies basically, that is to see a game out that is more or less won. We’ve got fresh legs on, whether they did enough you can make your own minds up about that. It’s a tough one tonight.
Nigel, do you have a message for the fans at all? It’s been a long time, more than 600 days since they’ve seen a win here and I know with the manor of the defeat being they got so close to getting a result
Yes, since they’ve seen one in person because of Covid…
Ah okay I was going to say, that’s a long time.
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We’re talking 18 months, there’s a lot of grumbles up there in the stands, you can understand that?
Yes, I’ve got sympathy for them and they’re quite right to grumble but if they want to grumble, grumble at me. Not the players.
We’re desperately wanting to give the fans something to be positive about. I thought the fans stuck with the team throughout the game and that’s important but of course I understand their frustrations.
It’s not an easy one for them, I know that. We have a great fanbase, a very loyal fanbase and we’re not really giving them what they deserve at the moment and we all know that.