WE'RE ALL desperately disapppointed after going out of the Carling Cup on penalties against Middlesbrough and for our supporters particularly.
It's a cruel way to end the game but they are the rules and we have to abide by them. It's always a sad way to lose any game.
In terms of the performance the first half was quite good, Middlesbrough came into it in the second half but in the last 15 minutes especially down that left-hand side, you felt Robbie Keane might just win the game for us. Although we had a few scrambles and half-chances, we couldn't get that decisive, perfect ball in.
It was a very good cup tie, a close game. We played well in the first half, spread the ball well. My pleasure in terms of the actual game was the way we came back in extra time and started to pass the ball again. That's what really pleased me, especially after having to make the substitutions with Dean Richards and Darren Anderton going off.
Kasey made two very good saves, especially the Ricketts header, and he kept a safe goal for us. We all drew breath when he then made that penalty save from Mendieta but it wasn't to be. I won't criticise anyone for it.
Everyone has disappointments. It's a bad one when you are approaching a semi-final although it's even worse in a semi-final. That's football.