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The Manager Says!-Clarets 0-1 Foxes

Steve Cotterill said the following after our 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester

'It certainly looks as though our luck is out after that 90 minutes. We have created enough chances to win two games and haven't taken one of them.

'That has probably been our story for a while and until we do take those chances we are always going to have a sucker punch go against us because they did not look like scoring.

'I still think we are lacking a little bit up top, but what will be a longer term strength is a bit of a short term problem for us.

'But I thought we played some really good football tonight for a team that has gone so long without winning.

'We didn't look a side that was devoid of confidence. We have binned that one and got on with the job and I thought there were some really good individual performances.

'However, James O'Connor was first class, Chris McCann was immense, there was a better Wayne Thomas and the two centre halves were pretty strong too.

Steve went on to say: 'I thought we grew into the game and I think it is only a matter of time before we turn the corner.

'If you look at Sheffield Wednesday there were signs and they were also there in the second half at Wolves.

'What else can you do? There is nothing else they (the players) can do and when you are willing them on you are desperate for something to happen for them.

'We have opened them up enough, played balls in behind full backs, got crosses across the face of goal.

'They have had a couple of great blocks and on another day that will always be good enough to get you a point.

'If the performances stay like that, I cannot see us not getting that elusive win.'

Cotterill added: 'It helps when we are at home because the crowd are behind them.

'They (the crowd) were great tonight. They kept going all the way to the end and willed the lads on and for that I must thank them because it was first class.'

So what did you think about last night's performance and what do you think about Steve's comments?

I always feared this type of result.

Steve Cotterill has received a lot of criticism recently from some fans that he was making far too many excuses and was not taking responsibility for underpar performances and confidence loss.

How typical that when we put in our best performance for sometime with confidence levels high, they are spoilt by awful bad luck and a flukey own goal!

Lets hope the lads can maintain this level of performance and have some better luck soon., We also have to hope that the result of this match does not affect their new found confidence.

The only downside for me apart from the result, is that Ade Akinbiyi and Andy Gray continue to struggle. We desperately need this pair to return to their full match fitness and form.




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Date:Wednesday February 21 2007

Time: 8:39AM

 

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