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CARRICK ON DERBY POINT

Posted on 31 October 2005  - 12:00

Michael Carrick admitted there was great disappointment among the boys over failure to register a full three-point haul against Arsenal at the Lane on Saturday.

Michael Carrick admitted there was great disappointment among the boys over failure to register a full three-point haul against Arsenal at the Lane on Saturday.

In what was a superb first half performance, Ledley King recorded the only reward with his header on 17 minutes and the visitors somehow managed to avoid further increase to the advantage before having the chance to re-group at half-time.

It was always unlikely the team would manage to maintain such a high tempo and almost complete dominance for the full game with just a narrow lead to protect and the midfielder reflected that not scoring a second proved key to the eventual outcome.

"That is the general feeling among the lads because we were playing so well and had them on the rack a bit, while they weren't causing us too many problems," considered the player who completely bossed the midfield in the first half. "We had a couple of chances to give ourselves a cushion but, fair play to them, they came at us in the second half.

"It was a shame we couldn't keep it going as we had good chances to go two or maybe three up in the first half. With a team like Arsenal though, you are not going to dominate them for 90 minutes and they showed their quality in the second half.

When you play Arsenal you have got to expect them to have some of the game

"They made it difficult for us to get the ball as we wanted to play at a high tempo. We found it hard in the second half but we did have chances to kill the game off in the first.

Michael agreed the first half performance was as good as he has been involved in and reported the team sought to remain at the same level in the second period.

"It was a good game and everything was going well. Everyone was playing at or near their best and it was good to be part of it. It is just a pity we couldn't come out with the win because with getting a draw the performance doesn't seem to mean so much.

"We wanted to try and keep going in the second half because after you have played so well you want to do the same again. I guess it is impossible to do and, because it is so quick, you tire and it is difficult to manage.

"I think Arsenal are quite happy with their point and that is perhaps a measure of how well we have done this season. They were more satisfied than we are and that means we are going in the right direction."