Right then, that’s all from me. Here’s the league table, and the match report. Bye!
Dean Smith is pleased:
Tough game against a good team. We had to be resolute at times. But we scored a wonderful goal, a great ball across, great header from Ross. We had to be very resolute at times. We got some great blocks at the end there, and a few VAR decisions in our favour as well. We’ve not had too many of them this season, that’s for sure. The offside ones, it’s the same for everybody and I’ve not complained about them once. The handball, I’ve not seen it back but Cashy says it comes off his thigh and PGMOL said if it comes off another part of your body it’s not given.
I thought we started alright. We know we’re playing against a good team, we had a good battle with them at Villa Park and another good game today.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has a chat, and is quite philosophical about the evening’s events. “Good players cost a lot of money and we don’t have money,” he says of the potential for more transfer business in this window:
I saw an interesting game I think, and I don’t know if we deserved to lose today. They had one big chance. They were good I think. They scored it. We had more I think, especially in the second half we played some good stuff. In the moment, a little bit hard to take. Also the decisions, they have told me it is a clear handball, fits a little bit to the whole situation with the injuries, with the offside goal from Ingsy. If it’s offside it’s offside. But football isn’t always fair, and at the moment it’s not for us.
We are so many people discussing about handball in the box. Let us concentrate on the things we can do better. Everybody can decide for themselves. It’s not for me to overrule the VAR, let them do their job and let us do our job.
Definitely we had a lot of possession in the first half, controlled the game, but you need to be around the box of the opponent. We didn’t do it, in the second half we did it better, we stressed them more. We are struggling at the moment with injuries but also with scoring goals. We are struggling to win games but we need to keep up our belief. I’m not so worried about our game. We had a lot of chances. But the final ball doesn’t want to go in. We had 20 shots on goal, five on target. It’s not enough. Either from set pieces or in the game we can score goals. It’s not happening now, but it will come back.