OGS: IT'S ABOUT OUR RESPONSE
Club News13th September
After watching his side surrender a two goal lead against Norwich to lose 4-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjær spoke to the media and press, evidently frustrated by the Bluebirds’ second half showing.
“You can look at the first half and say that it was the best so far this season,” said the Gaffer. “But then you look at the second half and it was the worst so far.
“The Championship is all about consistency so we are really disappointed with that second half today.
“I thought we started well after the break as well, as we had a fantastic chance with a great save by Ruddy. That could have been game over but within four or five minutes they scored two goals and unfortunately we didn’t have the answer to come back.
“After that in the second half we didn’t get the first balls, we didn’t get to the second balls and we didn’t move our feet quickly enough. There are simple things in football that you’ve got to do that we simply didn’t do.”
While City’s performance after the break certainly allowed the visitors back in to a game that had seemed to be out of their grasp, Solskjær felt that half time changes by the Canaries also played their part, adding: “I have to say Cameron Jerome did change it for them and made a huge difference. They came at us and we defended bravely at times but then the little things went against us.
“If you’d gone home at half time you’d say that we were in a great vein of form, but if you’d only seen the second half then it would obviously not be so good. You need consistency in this league and we didn’t have that today.
“You lose games in the Championship. It’s about trying to get a point when you don’t perform well in the second half, for example. You’ve just got to stick in there, we will recover.”
Of course, Ole now has the task of rallying his troops ahead of Tuesday evening’s CCS encounter with Middlesbrough. The City boss promised that his players would bounce back against the Boro.
“We’re looking at Tuesday now. The players will definitely bounce back,” Ole said. There’s no worry about that and the character of them.
“In the Championship you don’t have time to think too much because the next game comes straight away.
“Luckily, we don’t have to think about it for a week. We recovery mentally and physically, prepare for Tuesday, and know that we’re going to get a reaction.”