'We played into Newcastle's hands'
Hear what Ole had to say in the post-match press conference at Newcastle...
Q: Ole how do you assess that? Another disappointing night. OGS: Very symptomatic of where we are at the moment. Disappointing, as you say. We don’t create enough chances to deserve to win a game of football. That’s the short version. First half, I couldn’t see that one coming before the game, because it was such a disappointing performance first half. We couldn’t control the ball, it seemed like a hot potato and it was bouncing off our feet. Second half was better, we dominated more but you could still see a couple of counter attacks coming, especially before the goal as well. Trying to organise the team because you did see how they set up. Trying to get back as well, the attitude was fantastic to get back, I think we had six or seven players in the box but decision making wasn’t good enough and we couldn’t block the shot and defend it well enough. Q: Five games without a win, what do you put it down to? OGS: Definitely, you’ve touched on two of the aspects there. I don’t want to talk too much about injuries. Confidence is a big thing in players and it’s only performances and results that will give you confidence. At the moment when there’s a decision to be made, they don’t do it instinctively. What we’ve been working on, they do it a split second after so that effects everyone and it’s affected us and perfect timing for an international break. Q: Ole the fans were chanting we want Glazers out, a lot of them are unhappy with the running of the club. Can you understand where they’re coming from? OGS: Well, we’re unhappy with the results and it’s the results that brings out the mood of everyone and I’ve got to say sorry to the fans that we’re not winning games. But that’s down to now as well that we have started a rebuild. This is not a similar situation to when I sat here after Everton when I felt people had given up and they don’t give what they have for the shirt. These boys give everything they’ve got for the shirt. We’ll get there again. Q: What’s acceptable short term for this season? OGS: We have given ourselves a very tough task to get into the top four, never mind top six. We’ve got to get results straightaway. We need to get on a run, get momentum. Can’t give you what’s acceptable, every game should be one we should look to win at this club. But at the moment, we can’t win games, especially away from home. We’ve got the perfect opportunity or chance to get players back and raise our game, raise the supporters’ moods with Liverpool coming up. Q: Explain the Newcastle goal... OGS: We weren’t set up for the counter attack. We conceded at least two goals that I can think of. Everton away, Wolves away, on our own corners, maybe two against Everton in one game. That shouldn’t happen. With the pace we’ve got, we should lock that corner down. It’s impossible to get the message across, because we gave the Newcastle fans something to cheer today, we gave them the game we wanted. End to end at times, we gave them too many counter attacks. That lifted their crowd, they got behind the team, behind Brucie. It was impossible for me to put one or two of the players where they should have been. Q: Is that difficult when you need players on the pitch to be able to organise themselves? OGS: There’s players that try to organise it but we couldn’t. But when that happens, six or seven players in our box but we couldn’t. There was two attempts at a tackle, by Dan and Fred I think. We’re trying, we just lacking in that composure. As I say, maybe that organiser there. Q: Harry Maguire’s miss was a big one just before half-time? OGS: That’s football, I missed bigger chances. If you’re 2-0 up and your team’s winning every game, he’ll close his eyes and score on that one. At the moment, it’s just not going for us and Harry knows he could and should have scored. We know it’s a big opportunity for us in this game. I’ve talked about these moments many times over the last month. Grasp the moment when it’s there for us to win the game, or to get 1-0 up. We just didn’t and we need to clear our heads, get ready for Liverpool. Q: How are you spending the break? OGS: Work towards Liverpool, we’ve analysed them many a time before. We need to find a solution to our game. Is it a little tactical tweak or whatever, because we’ve stuck to the same principles, same starting line-up, system every single game. We’ve just got to make a decision if this is the way to go. Eight games is not a big amount of games so we’ll probably continue as we are.