Date:Sunday August 28 2011
A draw with Cardiff is something, when all is said and done, I think 'most' would have take if they were 100% honest right?
That said I would also think 'most' could be a bit critical of Steve Cotterill - something that he was indeed of himself...
Although he has said that it was 'over training' that cost us: 'we could have won the game, but I think the reason we didn`t was because we weren't quite at it, and that's my fault.
'I just thought we needed a bit more of a spring in our step to go and win the game. We looked a bit lethargic, and I have to take the responsibility for that.
'I have to take the blame because I've overtrained them. It's down to me and it's something I've got to learn from.
'When you're trying to integrate new players, you can overwork them because you want it to be so right.
'On Friday afternoon I said to the coaching staff that I was worried about us maybe not quite being at full belt.
'Unfortunately I left a bit of their legs on the training ground. We could have won the game if we had been a yard sharper, so I hold my hands up, I let the players down. We didn't quite have that zip in us when we needed it.'
Quite clearly I do not see what goes on in training but I would agree with Cotterill slightly that he 'cost us' but - and no it is not 'Cotterill bashing' - it was his tactical decisions that did this for us for me...
The attacking set-up was wrong, we again had wide players that did not play as wide players and an attacking force that just did not seem to know what was expected of it - the 'long ball' game, in the 1st half, was horrible and did not work at all. It certainly did not work for Erik Huseklepp who hardly got a look-in as a result.
Speaking of Erik the Viking Cotterill said this: 'his performance was average. He's come over here and everything is new to him. Like all the other players, I overtrained him, so he gets an apology from me too.'
To be fair Cotterill did change things slightly in the 2nd half and this made a bit of a difference and 'redeemed' him slightly: 'we made the substitutions and changed our formation. I needed to redeem myself and the equaliser was some kind of consolation.
'We've got six points from five games. It's a steady but unspectacular start to the season.'
Chances were there to be taken, with a couple of goal-line clearances denying us but all-in-all a draw was probably fair and I would have certainly taken this having fallen a goal behind and seen the heads drop momentarily.
We now have a break, a chance to work on some things and come back sharper and better for it, I would hope.
Whilst it would have been nice to go into this break with a few more points it could most definitely have been worse and going in on an unbeaten run of 3, which includes a couple of cleansheets with only a solitary goal conceded in this time, is not bad going...
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Date:Sunday August 28 2011
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