Manager Remi Garde has spoken about the loss to Tottenham Hotspur yesterday and as well as the normal soundbytes figuring, he also said he was pleased with the response at two nil down in the game.
Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a frustrated (once more) manager explained.
‘It’s tough to take like any defeat. We conceded two goals in the worst period you can imagine. The first one was a lack of concentration and lack of experience. We started the second half poorly like we did at Stoke and City – and again conceded a goal straight away. That was 2-0 down and this is a situation which is very difficult against a very good side like Tottenham.’
And this brought him to a positive.
‘I must say the reaction of the team and the attitude was right. The evidence is that we could have drawn at the end. My assessment is that we lost against a better team than us today. We concede too many goals too. It’s a balance between that and scoring. But I know when we concede a goal currently we become very fragile.’
He went on to say again the battle for him is in trying to raise confidence.
‘My job is to try to correct the situation that we could face in the game. I try to improve the way we are playing collectively and the way players could improve individually as well. This is my role. Today if you look at the game sometimes we played very good football and sometimes we defended well too. But we have not enough consistency in our efforts. Football is about a lot of stuff – mentality, physicality, fitness, tactics, strategy – a lot of things. We have to improve in a lot of areas. That’s what we are trying to do in the training sessions. I have to say when you play sometimes they are better than you. Even though, once again, we could have drawn because we had a good reaction until the end, I think the logic has been respected.’
With games quickly running out for even some hope of avoiding relegation to return, Garde said that whilst games coming up aren’t easier, games against the likes of Everton, Manchester City and Tottenham carry their own added difficulties.
‘We can still believe we can win enough games to be safe. I knew that playing Everton, City and Tottenham would be a very difficult spell against very good sides. I am not saying that we are now having easy games. I don’t want to disrespect anyone in this league. I can’t anyway because they are all in front of us. I am saying the games we are playing now will be against teams that are not fighting for the title. We will have to keep the attitude and faith we have shown today. I believe we can win games before the end.’
What else – Gabby Agbonlahor was missing with an injury once more.
‘Gabby trained on Thursday. He came on Friday morning with an injury – a thigh problem. He was not fit for selection.’
He was obviously replaced in the starting line up by Rudy Gestede, or was it Jordan Ayew?
‘The options were today not too many. But Rudy had a good game. He has some different skills that we tried to use. It was not too bad.’
He also confirmed that Jack Grealish remains out with his ankle problem.
‘Unfortunately for the team and for me, there is no more news on Jack. The doctor told me he had a problem with his ankle and he needed to treat that. I am waiting for his return. It could be another ten days or two weeks maximum hopefully.’
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