Mel Deeply Disappointed Following Cardiff Draw
Head coach Pepe Mel had a number of reasons to be disappointed following yesterday's game against Cardiff City.
We relinquished a two goal lead, we gave up the lead twice and we conceded three goals at home, and with how the match ended it no doubt felt more like a loss than a point but we'll have to see how important that point is, or whether dropping two in the manner we did proves more important between now and the end of the season.
Speaking to wba.co.uk following the three all draw, Mel was obviously gutted with the rollercoaster of emotions that everybody went through as to go so quickly from feeling like we had won the game in memorable fashion, and the fact we were only seconds away from doing that, to then concede a goal again to come away with only a point was really deflating.
'The fans were absolutely incredible. Apart from the fact we didn't gain the points, we're also sad we didn't get all the points for them. But the most important thing is they keep believing.'
Cardiff would certainly be the happier following the game, as our lads would've been hugely gutted at the full time whistle having come that close, but we are still three points ahead of them, and we do have a game in hand on them so it's in our hands.
The worry is the games in hand that Sunderland have over everybody, so we really do need to kick on and give ourselves enough points that their two in hand don't count for anything.
It is still all to play for though and we need to go into the Norwich game positive and look to do exactly the same again, but this time not concede like we did.
This was also something Mel addressed following the game, saying that there were some harsh lessons we needed to learn quickly.
There is no blame to Berahino as he broke with a few of the players though, before playing a sloppy ball as he no doubt looked to try and help us to the fourth goal of our day, but at times like that you need to head to the corner and sit on it.
'We must learn from these things. I think the team played well. Both teams were trying to win but I think, frankly, West Brom were better. The team has recently been playing well and we must continue to trust in the fact we're going to stay up.'
Mel did admit the obvious though in saying that the team spirit in the dressing room post game was very low and quite bad, but that is to be expected after a game like that, but he has no concerns about picking them up again in training ahead of our next match because he believes the players will see how good they were and in many ways how unlucky they were at the death.
'The result should have been a better one. But a wrong decision was made today, that should've been the end of the game. Saido is a young player in whom we have a lot of hope. He will go on to learn the most important thing are the points and the team, but we do have a lot of hope that in the future he will go on to become a good player.'
It's a shame the ball across wasn't better as had it resulted in a chance or a goal nobody would be complaining, as in either case it would've used up the clock, but it's one of those moments you admire the drive to try and get a two goal cushion back, but the sense is to sit on it in the corner, but those decisions will come as he develops further. He's not the first to make that mistake and he certainly won't be the last, but in future maybe the more experienced elements of the team can be a bit more vocal in telling him and other youngsters what to do.
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