Hart reflects on Stoke defeat...
Paul Hart, after a long and thoughtful pause, said that he felt 'more than a little hard done by' following our defeat at Stoke yesterday. Although he also felt we paid a price for missing the penalty that we did.
He also said the he felt we were 'in control' of the game in all areas of the field but maybe 'could have created a little more in the final third' but found it hard to be 'too critical of the players' as they gave everything again, as they have all season - which was more than fair to be honest, right?
See Hart's views on the above and more, including thoughts on 'our goalie not having a shot to save' and the frustrations of 'continuing to win plaudits despite the defeats', in this sky sports video below...
There is no way we should have lost this game - although how many times have we said that this season...
Like Hart I find it increasingly difficult to fault the players as could they really have given any more?
All in all I also, on the whole, find it hard to be critical of Hart too much - I would say that he made arguably the right changes but at the wrong time? Did he leave it too late? I also think Kanu staying on, despite that ability to create he has, when you are chasing a game was wrong and also think I would have got Danny Webber on sooner, but why not Tommy Smith at all?
Where does this leave us?
Well, I think it is time that we started being completely honest, if we are not already - I am not being defeatist but it is going to be very, very hard to survive now, right?
We will need to go on a monster run of all monster runs and would need at least 9pts by the end of the year, but can we really see where these will come from?
Ah well, at least we have the 'easy' task of Manyoo at home this weekend...
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