Alex McLeish has admitted he was disappointed to draw the game against Stoke given the circumstances surrounding their goal, but he’s vowed that Villa will fight on.
Speaking to the Official Site after yet another draw, McLeish promised that the team would continue to fight in every game to ensure our safety:
‘We can’t let up. We must keep going. They are cup finals. We must keep the lads focused. I am not going to rest.’
Which is nice to know.
As for the game itself, he says it’s a shame that we couldn’t get the second goal to put the game beyond Stoke because everybody knew with their style of play that would have chances, however he does think – shall we say – stronger officiation (is that even a word?) was required in the lead up to their equiliser:
‘I am disappointed we didn’t get a second goal. The big disappointment is I think their equiliser should have been disallowed. Huth had two hands on Collin’s shoulders, there’s no way he can get off the ground. I also feel the freekick leading up to it was one of the softest I have seen this season. Gardner never moved, concentrated on the ball and kept his arms at his side. Pennant used his experience to get the foul.’
Not really much to argue with there to be honest. Huth is one of the most, I’ll be polite, uncomfortable cloggers I have ever seen and we all know how Stoke set out to play and we unfortunately didn’t deal with it – not withstanding Mike Dean proving again he out of his depth at this level.
The youngsters would have learnt a lot from the game though and that’s all you can ask sometimes.
Stoke Match Thread – Vital Villans aren’t happy.
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