Players Reflect On Sheffield United Loss
A few players have given their reactions to going out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek on penalties.
Speaking to the Official Site firstly winger Etienne Esajas said that although everybody was disappointed and thought we were unlucky to go out of the Cup in the first round, he stressed that there were more than enough positives to help dampen any disappointment.
'We didn't deserve to lose but penalties are a bit of a lottery so it could have gone either way. We had quite a few chances but I can't really remember them having a shot on goal so I don't think we deserved to go out.'
Esajas admits that United did have more possession in the game, but he points to how we played and the chances we created and how we stood up to them and kept possession of the ball were very good signs of the improvement at the club and it bodes well for the future as everybody continues to gel.
Especially as we matched or beat United in every respect but the victory who are expected to be up their in League 1 come the end of the season, in many ways Esajas is right, we just need to be more clinical and consistent.
The player also said he was pleased with his own performance, and he felt better after the game than he thought he would given his injury lay off, and whilst he's not quite there yet, he doesn't feel he's far off 100% fitness and then the fans should really see the best of him but he's hoping he did enough to still be in the manager's plans for our game against Northampton.
Eddie Nolan too told the official site that despite the loss, he thought there were plenty of things to be upbeat about following the game.
Our new Mr Versatile also pointed to the fact that Sheffield United didn't create much of note in the game, and echoed Esajas' thoughts that it was disappointing to go out on penalties but it really is luck of the draw.
'We just let them have the ball and play in front of us, we stayed together as a team and also played some good football. I think we did well, they didn't create much.'
Nolan also talked about the expectation of United to be promoted back to the Championship at the this season, so a clean sheet in normal time against what is effectively a very good higher division team, is certainly nothing to snort at as Scunthorpe bid to get us back to where we should be.
Nolan also addressed the move from fullback to midfield and admitted that although he was enjoying himself in the new position, he still considered himself a defender.
'It's different, I don't mind. Mickie went down injured, and I've played there before, so I think that's why that came about. When Mickie comes back, he will play, so I'm only doing a job at the moment.'
The player ended his interview by saying that everyone knows it's time the club started picking up victories now because whilst draws are better than losing, it's not enough for where we want to be in the league, and although Northampton will be a tough test, the players will be going there confident of getting all three points.