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McLeish - Defeat Was A Kick In The Teeth

McLeish - Defeat Was A Kick In The Teeth

Alex McLeish has described today's loss to Newcastle as a kick in the teeth...there seems to be a few of those today with unhappy players, fans, and a manager.

Speaking to the Official Site following a game that had players telling him to 'eff off' and even journalists taking the urine about him ingratiating himself with the fans by taking off N'Zogbia and replacing him with Ivanhoe, today had it all didn't it...including yet another blinking loss.

McLeish however was, as is now standard, pleased with the performance and believes it was a kick in the teeth that we didn't at least take a point from the encounter, especially again as we have a 'ref blaming moment' where he believes Heskey didn't foul in the lead up to their winner.

It's a kick in the teeth, I thought we were worth a point, if not all 3. We made a number of chances, in the first half we were especially good, we kind of controlled the game and to go behind was pretty awful to bear. The goals themselves were disappointing, but for us to create so many chances? Tim Krul was in fantastic form.'

In the second half so not much, and he does kind of indicate tha to his credit and he does point to the plethora of chances that Benty especially had that we didn't convert.

'I thought the performance from our guys was very, very good at times. We still have a tendency to make errors but it's definitely a good performance from the players.'

It's just another one of those weekends isn't it.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday February 5 2012
Time: 7:41PM


Having him as a manager is a kick in the teeth.
05/02/2012 19:47:00
i think his comments are spot on.
05/02/2012 19:47:00
I agree with him, we deserved a point and we played well. We should however, have kept N'zogbia on.
05/02/2012 19:49:00
we played well at times, but we have said that before, it is points that count and again, we come home without any. Sadly it appears his changes made the difference in a negative way today.
the fear
05/02/2012 20:08:00
Interesting opinions about the changes...IMO...Ireland off/Bannan on was a poor substitution BUT if it was brought about by injury then fair enough.....I actually agree 100% with Zoggy off/Heskey that stage it was the only time Newcastle were bossing the game..Charlie was running into players/blind alleys..the ball was not sticking up front..I thought Heskey had a very POSITIVE influence on getting us back in control but I understand that with some fans what ever he does he will always be the fall guy..I don't think Heskey should start but I do think he is still a useful alternative from the bench..the third change..Clark off/Gardner on..agree 100% but ten minutes earlier...GG will be a 15 goal a season midfielder IMO..but it is all about opinions and we all think we are right
05/02/2012 20:20:00
Whatever happened it was lovely to see Bannan and Gardner combine at the end and almost score. Crackin cross from Bannan, his passing was good. If only we had a manager who could fully utilise the talent we have...........
05/02/2012 20:37:00
I agree krfeskivilla Gardener was a very good sub and I would of liked to see him on the pitch earlier. I think it's getting close to the point where he should be given a half to show us what he can do.
05/02/2012 20:38:00
Fully agree with P.Avfc. However, we were good enough for a point today at least. We are defending too deep though.
Pride of Lions
06/02/2012 00:19:00
Bannan annoyed the hell out of me today. He kept trying to find that pass to put Bent through from 40 yards! Play it simple FFS. Maybe try to keep possession a little bit before it comes right back at us. Yes, the cross at the end was good, but that move was made by Gardner. I'm pretty sure if he'd given Gardner the half we'd have taken at least a point and if we hadn't, who would blame him for introducing the player most of us want to see?
06/02/2012 00:35:00
GG is so close to his first goal. Nearly scored with his first touch against Wolves, again today. You can see how desperate to score he is. Once the first goes in the pressure will ease and he wil become a regular goal scorer. We have so many talented young Players.
Adam Deuce
06/02/2012 01:28:00
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