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Juande: Lads gave their all

Posted on 5 October 2008  - 12:00

Juande Ramos insisted he couldn't fault the players after Sunday's 1-0 reverse against Hull City at the Lane.

Juande: Lads gave their all

Juande Ramos insisted he couldn't fault the players after Sunday's 1-0 reverse against Hull City at the Lane.

The Head Coach left the Lane convinced that fortunes will turn if the players reproduce the type of performance that went unrewarded against the Tigers.

Match statistics later showed 19 efforts on goal to Hull's nine and 12 corners to nil in our favour but the key note arrived in the eighth minute when Geovanni brilliantly curled home a free-kick from 30 yards for what turned out to be the winner.

We struck the woodwork twice in the first half - Dean Marney did the same for the visitors - and the second half was one-way traffic but Hull's goal remained intact.

"I thought the players gave a big effort and we had many opportunities to score but it wasn't to be," reflected Juande. "The opposition scored in the early minutes again but after that we hit the post twice, had clear-cut chances and spent the second half attacking, attacking and attacking.

"In football, sometimes it's very difficult to explain things.

"We wanted to win, we played to win and I think if we play in a similar way we will change this situation."

Asked why he was convinced things would change, Juande responded: "The attitude of the players is very positive in training and when I speak with them my feeling is that they want to finish this situation quickly.

"They are unhappy because it wasn't a good scoreline but I'm sure if they have the same attitude in the next match it will be possible to win."

Meanwhile, Juande confirmed that Roman Pavlyuchenko was substituted in the first half because of an ankle injury. The striker will undergo scans on Monday.