Manager Tim Sherwood has given his FA Cup Final loss after match reaction following the four nil defeat to Arsenal at Wembley.
Sherwood’s disappointment was clear in the television interviews and the words that did find themselves in print after the game, but here’s his full set as carried by the Official Site.
He admitted the better side won on the day.
‘They deserved to win the game – no arguments about that. They’ve got outstanding world class footballers and today we couldn’t nullify their threat. We couldn’t impose ourselves on them either. I’m disappointed. I haven’t watched the game back so it’s hard to dissect it. It’s quite obvious they had their own way today and we couldn’t stop them. They dominated the football match.’
Sherwood went on to say that the game plan was designed to try and stop them and allow us to impose ourselves on them, but it wasn’t good enough and we didn’t carry it out well enough either.
‘I played the way I felt best suited the players I had and unfortunately today it wasn’t quite good enough. I feel sick so do the boys in there. You only know how good winning feels until you watch a team walk around with the Cup. I didn’t want to be going upstairs first.’
With survival by the skin of our teeth assured thanks to others for another season, this disappointment just shows how much work there is still to be done at the club to turn this around and Sherwood was in no doubt about that either.
‘We need to improve. We need to add to the squad. The group of players in there need to get better. We need to change the mentality. They’re used to losing football matches which is not a good habit. The fans have been brilliant since I came into the club. They were great today and fantastic all season and we’re sorry we couldn’t give them anything to sing about today.’
Going back to the game again and his feelings about that, he added.
‘I feel bad at the moment. I came here wanting to win for myself, the players and fans. The job was to come in and keep the team in the division which I’ve managed to achieve. I’ve got to make sure I improve this squad so we’re not fighting relegation again. If we can do that maybe we can have a couple more trips to Wembley – that’s the plan. They came up against world class footballers today. We didn’t play particularly well. They didn’t let us play either. They worked hard and stopped us playing.’
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