From the head coach
Good evening everybody, and welcome back to the VBS Community Stadium for our Continental League Cup group-stage match against Watford.
Sunday's loss to Southampton at Selhurst was a disappointing day in the end, but I thought the players and the group showed fantastic grit and resilience.
We did so well to stay in the game before half-time. We had a bit of a word with ourselves at half-time: some really honest reflections, and some really good solves to apply early in the second-half.
I thought we came out after half-time really well. We came out fighting for the second-half. It was really disappointing to score three goals at Selhurst Park and not walk away with anything, so we're really disappointed as a group, but I do think there are lots of positives to take from the game.
I was really happy with the performance. I know there were some mistakes where we made some errors that obviously caused us to concede, and I thought those errors were a little bit sloppy from us as a group, but we'll go away and we'll reflect on that.
I've got a really intelligent group that work here. I've got great staff that will be able to analyse those moments of the game and really make sure that we get our heads together and make sure that those things aren't consistent.
On the other hand, it was a great game for a neutral! There were obviously seven goals, so I think the fans had a great day because obviously there were loads of young females at the ground watching the game, which is fantastic.
But for us, we prepared to win the game, and unfortunately, it didn't quite go our way.