Sunderland Disappointment For Mel
Head coach Pepe Mel has talked of his disappointment at our performance in the two nil loss to Sunderland last night.
Speaking to wba.co.uk following the game Mel was bitterly disappointed with our overall showing and he knows we just weren't good enough on the night, so having apologised to the travelling fans for what we served up, he said it was all eyes to Stoke now and getting it right to end the season on a high note.
'I'm very disappointed with the first half. I don't understand what happened, we weren't able to equal Sunderland's intensity. I think the changes we made for the second half were made because we realised we hadn't won many of the second balls. To win a football match you have to show the same intensity as your opposition.'
Mel admits we did improve in the second period but it was very much a case of too little too late really, so all he could do was congratulate Sunderland for their run of form of late and then move on quickly to our next match in the hope of sending the fans home happy.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster echoed the thoughts of the gaffer when it came to our overall showing on the night and admitted himself we just didn't get going and we weren't good enough.
'Sunderland probably just wanted it a bit more than us. Our standards were way below what we're used to putting out and it's not good enough really.'
Foster says he has no idea if it was a hangover from the relief of being mathematically safe in effect in the league now because everyone knows it will take something amazing on the final day for us to be dragged into it now, so he doesn't know if maybe that affected the team more than they wanted it to because they wanted to go out and do the job, and we simply didn't do that.
'It was almost like we were just going through the motions and there was no kind of fight. We're disappointed, we understand that the fans are disappointed, we let them down. We need to look to Sunday now to give them something to cheer against Stoke.'
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