Ole remains upbeat despite VAR controversy
The boss is disappointed by VAR and the draw, yet he remains positive and says we're heading in the right direction...
Q: Overall assessment today? OGS: We dominated the game, we put pressure on them. We can't really create the openings we wanted to after they scored. Before they scored we had two or three decent opportunities to take the lead and that's the big difference. If they open up and make it more of an open game, we win this game. They scored on a set piece. I'm disappointed in that one by the referee. I think it's a foul, especially in this day and age. Maybe in the 80s or something. He's got his elbow, hand over David's shoulder, an elbow in the face, so it's a foul. Q: So that's what VAR is for? OGS: When I saw it I was 100 per cent sure it was VAR, so I ran down to the fourth official. I'm surprised they kicked off so soon. Q: Could you feel the goal coming in the second half. We were all over them? OGS: You do feel that towards the Stretford End, playing that way, it's happened so many times and today it happened. Towards the end I felt we could get another one, but we just ran out of time. But the belief was there, the energy, drive, attitude was there. Time ticked very quickly. Q: Fitting on this 4,000th game that an Academy lad comes off the bench and scores. OGS: I think so. He's a special goalscoring talent, he's a special kid that we're going to see lots more of in the years to come. He's just developing and growing and improving all the time, especially in the last month or six weeks, two months. He's really taken steps forward. Q: You kind of expect him to score. OGS: It doesn't matter who is in goal or who is he playing against. He just knows where that goal is going to end up and as I've always said before, there's no such thing as a good save, only a bad finish, and he can finish that boy. Q: A bit frustrating today, but with the progress over the last couple weeks and the way things are looking now, it's positive? OGS: Yes, it's positive, but we need to push on. We need to win these games. But then again, you can't control results. You can control what is happening on the pitch, but the last bit, if it's a goal or not a goal, if the referee gives a foul against the boy on David, those are things you can't control. But, the overall preparation, the performance, the attitude, everything is going in the right direction.