Date: 5th February 2015 at 5:50pm
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Manager Neil Lennon has admitted he was very disappointed at full time in our FA Cup fourth round replay against Liverpool last night.

Being able to wholeheartedly praise the efforts of the players on the night, having taken the lead, and then gone down to ten me, saw Liverpool gain the advantage and lay siege to our goal as the minutes ticked down – and unfortunately they got the breaks they wanted in the final five minutes of normal time.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game Lennon explained.

‘We were excellent. I know what I’ve got in the dressing room – I’ve got a fantastic group who are giving me everything and they gave me everything again tonight. We had to defend for our lives because we were down to ten men. Against a team like Liverpool who can pass and move, then you have to defend. But when you come up against a team like Liverpool, then it’s a step up in class and you have to concentrate for 95 minutes.’

Lennon went on to say it’s just disappointing really, because if Gudjohnsen’s header had gone in then it’s a different game, we would’ve been comfortable at two nil, and likely Liverpool wouldn’t have got that second wind.

‘The sending off changes the game.’

As for the two late goals, he felt the first one could’ve been avoided and that frustrated him as he felt we got caught ‘ball watching’ and for the second with the deflection, it was just one of those things.

‘That to me is really disappointing from our point of view because we had been perfect defensively for the first game and today as well. The boys are very disappointed but we have to move on. Hopefully some of the younger players in particular will learn from tonight.’

Ending his after match interview, he says all we can do is move on now and look to perform that well – without the errors – when we face Derby County this weekend, because the Championship is the ‘focus and priority.’

 

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