Friday, January 25, 2008

Phil Neville makes the right noises AGAIN

Gutted after Wednesday but Neville has summed it up well :

Phile Neville "Not the end"

"I said in the dressing room after the game, this is not the end. This is the beginning. The beginning of playing in games like this where the pressure is really on and making sure we go out there and enjoy it. We’ve still got fourth place to play for and the UEFA Cup, so let’s make it a great end to the season and not wallow in defeat, although this does hurt.”

Neville added: “This can’t be a negative. We have to take all the positives out of this Carling Cup run. We’ve changed the perception of what people think of us, teams are respecting us more now. We must make this the start to a great end of the season. We have Tottenham and Blackburn coming up next week, which are two massive games.

“In my previous two seasons at the club, around this time we have had nothing to play for. Now we have everything to play for. Every game seems like a cup final, and for me in particular that’s what I want, that’s the level I want to be playing in football.

“No-one likes to lose a semi-final. But as we said after the Arsenal and Manchester United games in the league, big games are decided by small percentages"

Make no mistakes about it, it was a good night to be a blue. If nothing else it was worth going just for the noise & singing before the game. I have never experienced anything as loud and intense. Fantastic. Once the game started it was a tense, nervy affair. Everton played well but Chelsea kept us at arms length....we had just turned up the heat when they picked us off on the break. A shame really 'cause if we'd have got that goal the place would have went mental. On another night at least one of the 3 or 4 decent chances we carved out would have went in but really The Pensioners deserved it. All you can say is that it might have been different if they needed a goal out of the game. Hope they win the final, it'll help to have an extra UEFA place going to the league. Great to see Fernandes back, he looked brilliant until he tired. Lescott was beyond awesome too.

Ah well, disappointed but proud was the general consensus...when the final whistle went everyone started singing and applauding the players effort. It just wasn't our turn.

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