TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011
Spurs Lodge, 1.30pm
I'm devastated after the United result.
We did well for an hour but to walk away with a 3-0 defeat feels like a drubbing on what was our opening fixture in the Premier League.
We worked hard throughout pre-season, played so well at Hearts and then to go to Old Trafford, play as well as we did for 60 minutes and come away with that scoreline hurt us all badly.
The first goal was all-important and that got them into their stride.
We tried to push on for an equaliser but it was open and they were all over us, to be honest.
Even at 2-0 down, you are hoping to get back into it. Charlie (Vedran Corluka) crossed the ball in from the right, Gaz (Gareth Bale) jumped with the keeper and JD (Jermain Defoe) hit the post. If that went in, maybe we'd have got them on the back foot a little, got them a bit nervous after being 2-0 up, but it wasn't to be.
As people always say, goals change games. Their first goal gave them a massive lift and put them on the front foot. They really started flowing in the last half-hour and 3-0 isn't a good start for us. I'm gutted.
People often ask me 'what's it like in the dressing room after a game?' and I can tell you it was quiet at Old Trafford. Heads were down. When you come in and you've won it's a great place to be, the lads are bubbly, buzzing, you've all done your jobs and got a result. You relax, everyone's happy.
When you lose, it's a lot different. Quiet, heads down. The gaffer was disappointed with the last half-hour when we conceded three goals and was right to be.
That disappointment stays with you through the night and the day after.
We got back about 1.30 in the morning. I didn't watch the goals again because I'd watched a DVD on the plane home, studied key incidents from the game. It's always a bad night's sleep after a game anyway, win or lose, but a great feeling to wake up with a win in the bag.
We were back in this morning, ice baths, warm downs and preparing for the Europa League play-off, second leg against Hearts at the Lane on Thursday night.
We can't get too down though. It's a balance - not too up when you win, not too down when you lose. We'll soon be back out on the pitch and this time, trying to put things right.
It's great to have a five-goal advantage from the first leg at Hearts and we'll look to do a professional job in the second leg. We want to win the game, hopefully we'll do that and then we can look forward to City on Sunday, another tough match in the Premier League.
Until next time.